Key Word:- CHOOSE
Title:- Forming the Famous One!
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
I have been in the business of ‘Church Planting’, where everything is driven by an underlying ideology and an overlaying strategic purpose. In other words, I have had an active ‘agenda’, a list of things I desire to be completed in a certain way, at a certain time or milepost. As you can imagine, such kind of work means that you seem to live in ‘agenda’ land most of the time and consequently, become very familiar with it’s dress, language, accent and nuance. That being the case, I now easily recognize other people who have their own agendas. Some people's agenda may be overtly malevolent, some may be simply self seeking, others may simply be contrary to your own. Interestingly enough, to all but the malevolent, these ‘agendas’ may not be conscious ones at all but rather are buried, deep beneath the owners surface driving them along subconsciously yet succinctly. The truth is of course: we all have an ‘agenda,’ and then God has His.
Church planting involves a lot of investigation, communication, purposeful planning and vision casting. It’s quite godlike in a way, calling forth the things that are not, as though they were. Of course, conflicts arise when you’re agenda, clashes with other people's, after all how can two walk together unless they are agreed? Of course when that happens, the ensuing clash of agendas cannot be reconciled and so subsequently there must come in some form, a parting of ways. Often times that can be quite nasty, however, with a lot of grace, a closed mouth, and two big flapping ears, most of these kind of agenda clashes can be worked out through communication, amendment, and incorporation and this without violating anyone’s underlying ideology. Most people are reasonable about their agenda. Everyone that is, except God!
God’s agenda regarding us is as profound as it is simple. He will form Christ in us. Make no mistake about this, everything in heaven and in earth is bent towards this overriding purpose of forming Christ in us and when our agendas clash with His regarding this matter, He will not amend it, neither will He accommodate us. No, He simply reaches down, grabs the little list out of our tight gripped fist and tears it up before our wide and watching eyes. No matter how grandiose our plans, or how lofty or sincere our vision, if our agenda does not agree with His, well, tough!
In all the ripping and gazing at tattered pieces trailed along the ground, I have observed one comforting thing. Nothing is wasted. Nothing! Somehow God has incorporated everything into His Sovereign agenda for our lives. Absolutely everything and so that is why we can truly say that ‘All things work together for our good.’
If you are tired of all God’s tearing, then there is only one answer and that is, to get with God’s programme. Got it? Good!
Listen:- My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you… Galatians 4:19
Pray: - Help me today Holy Spirit, to get with Your programme of forming Christ in me. Show me how this forming of the ‘Famous One’ works itself out in my life and in the lives of those You love. Help me to get with Your program, help me to attune my agenda to Yours O God my Father, in Your sons great name I pray, amen.