Searching for a church in which to worship and serve is hard work. Our being in ministry so many years, being 'placed' in a church, prevented us from knowing this.
Well, we know it now and not only is it hard work, it is often disheartening.
How does one choose? A feeling? A sign? Truly this effort has taken us far beyond denominational lines and comfort zones. As we visit around, there is much concern for the spiritual condition of fellowships encountered. Much that is good can be found and much also that is foreign to us.
Then occasionally we come across hopeful signs, Kingdom people who thrive and strive to follow the King.
Such a one blessed us yesterday. A young man, a youth pastor looking forward to a ministry, saying a moving good-be to his present fellowship. This is the kind of young man that gives the old heart fresh hope for future generations. This is a young man with a heart after God and a servant's spirit..a young disciple who has a passion to "go and make disciples" as well.
As he spoke from his heart, he also presented all in his hearing with the challenge to be the examples of Christian Truth to which we are all called. Of a generation that takes spiritual ways and means oh so casually, this young one takes it all with seriousness and with evident joy.
All this brought to mind an inscription in Lubeck Cathedral, Lubeck, Germany. This inscription echoes the words of our Lord Christ. And it provides conviction and reminder for each one of us at any age or point in our pilgrimage walk.
Ye call me Master, and obey me not;
Ye call me Light and see Me not;
Ye call Me Way and walk Me not;
Ye call me Life, and desire Me not;
Ye call Me Wise and follow Me not;
Ye call Me Fair, and love Me not;
Ye call Me Rich, and ask Me not;
Ye call Me Eternal, and seek Me not;
Ye call Me gracious, and trust Me not;
Ye call be Mighty and honor Me not;
Ye call Me Just and fear Me not;
If I condemn you, blame Me not.
[Godspeed, Jason and may rich blessings cover you pathway, all the days, all the way. Thank you for enriching my day and encouraging my heart.]