YOU CAN'T GET A TATTOO! I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN?
April 18, 2014
November 20, 2014
Sometimes I wake up and I don't know how much more I can take. The temptation to quit seems to always be there… but I’ve learned that no matter what, God has called us, equipped us, and ordained us to keep going. When ministry seems to get the most of us, when people betray you, gossip, and dishonor you… the natural response is quit.. but not so in the Kingdom, we must keep going.
Being a musician that is on fire for God is certainly challenging enough, being in full time ministry is perhaps toughest of them all. While I am just a man, I am responsible for being an example of The Lord God’s love to those in the church, and every person I encounter in the world. It gets tough, real tough, some people make it even tougher… yet, I’ve learned to keep loving. To show mercy, because after all God has shown me immense mercy! To win the spiritual war… enduring love is the surefire way to victory.
Ezekiel 44 talks about a group of heroic men known as the “sons of Zadok” This group of priest had special access to God, when their counterparts did not. The other priest had access to men, the sons of Zadok had access to God. It’s amazing that in ministry we can so easily settle for cruise control in the Church and forsake the throne room. Sunday morning brings lights, camera, and action yet Monday- Saturday we give God crumbs. God is raising up a generation of ministers who seek His face and love Him more than what they do for Him. Fight for this reality in your life. Never substitute the stage lights for the lamp of intimacy in the heart.
As a young man I’ve endured A LOT…. ministry is tough, even tougher on a new Christian such as myself that God has implanted vision in. I’ve dealt with hatred from fellow ministers, jealousy, and much envy. I’ve had people attack me and speak negatively, I've had an assortment of so many things that would cause the average man to give up.
I learned early on that the secret to growing in love is to follow the words of Matthew 5, where Jesus says “Bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you." The persecution, is a guarantee, the unfounded slander is likely… yet as a man of God we must choose to bless those who curse us and to love our enemies.
I'm not anywhere near perfect, but I'm greatly blessed by God because I'm aiming at eternity and focusing on Jesus as I ascend the hill. My heart burns for Christ… and by the grace of God, my prayer is that we all enter into the fullness of all He dreams for our city, nation, and generation. May He continue to give me strength, wisdom, and His heart to do my job well. Thank you for those who have prayed for me. You carry the weight. You have kept me out of harms way. To God be glory for all the things which He has done and will continue to do.