More Than I Could Ever Do

I recently was listening to my pastor, Mark Beeson, speak about starting our church 20+ years ago, and his prayer at the time really stuck with me.  He said that as he prayed for our church, a church with nothing going for it, a church that was literally meeting in a movie theater that was surrounded by corn fields, he said he cried out to God to make his church into more than he could ever personally make it.  Beeson (I always refer to him by his last name, I don’t know why) said that through all the years and all the growth that the church has experienced, that his prayer has always been the same, “do more with this Lord than I could, so that there will be no doubt about where it comes from”.  And in my mind, as someone who participates in what God has blessed abundantly there, that is exactly what has happened.  With all due respect to Beeson, what goes on inside those walls is far more than anything that one man could accomplish.

I am taking this great example and adopting it for my life and the life of my family.  I am crying out to God to make our ministry as a family, and my ministry as an individual into something far greater than anything we could ever do on our own.  I want what happens to us and what we accomplish to be totally and completely credited to God for his glory.  I know what we are capable of.  By looking at our history without God, I know what we can accomplish.  I also know what we can and have accomplished through the blessing of Christ in our lives.  The impact of God on each of us and on our family as a whole so far, is absolutely miraculous.  I am in a constant state of thanksgiving.

My goals for the future are simple; follow Gods calling on my life and in the lives of my family.  Whatever is in the future will be up to him.  I challenge you to watch what he does with us.  Don’t misunderstand me here, I am not saying we will suddenly start living a life of leisure with no problems whatsoever.  That is not my opinion and I think it would be dangerous for anyone to expect such a thing.  I don’t believe that’s Gods plan for anyone and to tell you the truth I wouldn’t want that for us anyway.  But I do believe that God has great things in store for us, probably nothing like what we can imagine, and I am going to trust him to show these things to us.  I will do my best to lead my family and to give all the glory to Jesus who loves us and wants to accomplish his plan through us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

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