Remember those novels a while ago that let you choose your own adventure ending? Character development would set the stage, then you’d be given the choice to turn to specific pages if you’d like to make the story turn out different ways. I like that idea, for theological reasons. Specifically, as a church body, we are facing exciting adventures ahead and we have every opportunity to choose our own adventurous outcome. Now, you might say, “Wait a minute; we can’t just make the future happen the way we determine it, look at our debt.” You’d be right. God is certainly shaping our church into the congregation that reflects the life, teachings and sufferings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our little corner of our state as much as possible. Sometimes this takes going through ‘sufferings’ or difficulties that we may not particularly choose, but all the same, God is using every adventure for His good purposes in us as a community (Romans 8:28). We may not be able to determine God’s future for us, but we can participate in God’s adventure in 3 specific ways as we prepare for an interim pastor to lead us:
1. Do not be anxious for anything – trust God’s leading for His church
Philippians 4:6, 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Anxiety can be crushing and can distract us from worshipping God and serving in our community. In this text, we are told to present everything to God by prayer and petition, and to do so with thanksgiving so that we can stay focused under an interim pastor.
2. Take every thought captive – replace negativity with Scripture
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Believers are told to “take every thought captive” that doesn’t conform to Christ’s standards. We must evaluate every one of our actions, desires, and impulses, and bring everything under the control of Jesus for the sake of unity. When you begin to think negative thoughts toward leadership, direction or unity, take those thoughts captive and begin praying the promises of God for His church throughout Scripture.
3. Do everything without grumbling or arguing – hold firmly to God’s Word
Philippians 2:14-15 “ Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among people like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Arguing and complaining aren’t Christ-like activities, and God doesn’t want believers to serve Him grudgingly, but with a willing and thankful heart. When you’re called by God to do something, do it gratefully and without grumbling. Christians should shine like stars among those who don’t follow Christ.
You are the light of the world in Jesus Christ. As we adventure forward, let’s trust God together for His direction and leadership for His glory. Our interim pastor is excited to lead us forward to another chapter. Let’s join the adventure too. You are invited to finish this chapter with us, so jump into the exciting adventure ahead for our church. Don’t just sit and soak waiting for things to change around here… make it your calling to take charge of our future, together.