The challenge I’m trying to live up to
I’ve heard a lot of pastors say that they think God called them to ministry because He knew it’d be the only way they’d really study the Bible or truly put Him first. Now, I’m by no means a pastor, but I’m realizing more and more how true that is for me.
The things that I do for my job make me study certain things that I’d never otherwise study.
They make me pay attention to things I wouldn’t normally pay attention to.
They force me to take a look inside and constantly evaluate if what I’m saying/teaching is what I’m actually living.
This past weekend was a prime example of that. All of our normals hosts for our Live venue were either out of town or tied up with something else. That meant that I had to come off my perch upstairs and host the services. I’d done it before and actually enjoy doing it. I got up and gave my announcements during our first service, came off stage and sat on the front row with Nicole and basically just went to church. During our response song, our pastor tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Why don’t you close?”
Well alright then.
I’d done this plenty of times as an intern for our high school services, but I hadn’t done it in “the big room.” After the song was over, I went on stage, read a verse and asked this question, “What’s God telling you to say yes to?” Then I prayed.
To the point.
Second service starts up and I go up, do announcements, and come back down. By this time I realize that there’s a good chance I’m going to close this service too so I started praying and asking God what He wanted me to say. One of the verses in the sermon was from James 2 and I felt like I was supposed to read something from that chapter. I read the whole chapter and the final verse stuck out to me in big, bold letters:
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
I knew that’s what I was supposed to read.
What I didn’t know was that I would get fired up reading it.
Instead of just asking the same question I asked in the first service, I started challenging our church, and in the process of doing that, I laid down a huge challenge for myself without even realizing it. I said something along the lines of, “What’s God telling you to say yes to? It doesn’t have to be the big giant thing. What’s the first thing He’s telling you to say yes to? By saying yes to the first thing, the second thing gets easier. Then the third thing. Then the fourth. Then eventually the big thing doesn’t look so big anymore. Just say yes to the first thing. It will be awkward. It will be uncomfortable. But when you do it, it’ll be worth it. Little yes’s lead to big things. Little yes’s can change the world.”
Once the service was over I had a couple pastors tell me that I did a good job. That made me feel great. What they didn’t know was that while they were complementing me, the realization that I just challenged 500 people to do something that I struggle with doing was sinking in.
This week I’ve had to really examine myself if I’m saying yes. Am I stepping out of my comfort zone? Am I doing what God’s calling me to? If I’m honest with myself, I’m not doing as well as I want to be. I probably get it right a third of the time. The other two thirds of the time I’m either too scared to do it or I’m just not paying attention.
What would happen if I got it right half of the time?
Or what about two thirds?
Or what if I spent my life always saying yes?
What if we all did that?
We don’t have to start with the big giant yes. That one’s too hard for us right now. We just have to start with the next yes. Then the next one. And the next one.
Small yes’s lead to big things.
Big things are what change the world.
Say your prayers and take your vitamins.
Have a nice day.