In the past several weeks our congregation has been involved in a time of strategic planning. We are now in the process of working out an action plan of ministry efforts to take place in the next 3 to 5 years.
Prior to the strategizing we did a considerable amount of praying and preparing. We are now in the task force phase and are formalizing a plan of action. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Before we considered what things God wants us to DO as a congregation, we explored what God wants us to BE.
So we began several weeks ago to pray this simple prayer:
We met together and prayed that prayer. With Bibles in hand, we explored a variety of scriptures. We committed to become more devoted to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deuteronomy 6: 4ff & Matthew 22: 37ff) And with love toward God, would follow love to all mankind.
Without citing a scripture for each one, here is a partial list of other things we discovered God wants us to be:
Devoted to one another
Ready to put other’s needs ahead of our own
Submissive to one another out of reverence to Christ
Willing to get out of our comfort zones
Ready to make the most of every opportunity
Be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
There were several other things explored, but this is pretty representative of all the rest.
As we were exploring the question and prayer our exercise became more personal than congregational. The prayer began to be expressed, “Lord, what do you want ME to be?” It became clear that God can only do through US what I am willing to have Him do through ME.
This enables us to do more than simply get involved in action steps, it challenges us to be missional and purposeful.
In a few weeks, many will be making New Years’ Resolutions. In other words, we will be focused on forging some new habits and initiating some new actions. I think the New Year is a great time to start something good, wholesome and growth-producing.
Then take the steps to DO what God wants you to DO.
Here’s to letting all that we ARE
and all that we DO
be to His Glory