Lord, What is it You Want Us To Be?

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.

The rationale for this order is simple. God will bless those who BECOME what He wants them to be. Then He will bless what they choose to DO for HIS GLORY.

So we began several weeks ago to pray this simple prayer:

“Lord, what do you want us to BE?”

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.

As we allow God to transform us…..that is, as we allow Him to make us into what He wants us to BE, we are postured to DO what He wants us to DO.
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.

I offer for your consideration, the idea of first, resolving to BE what God wants you to BE.

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.

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About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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1 Response to Lord, What is it You Want Us To Be?

  1. joshua cleveland says:

    I must say that I am not only impressed each time I read your blogs, dad, but moreso I am inspired. However, this one is a calling to a deeper conviction than I have felt in a while. I have been struggling with this very thought of what it is the Lord wants me to be. The struggle comes from the fact that I am pretty aware of what I am to Be, but I am also afraid to Become this being of God’s will.

    I am afraid because I am well aware of the power of God through the Son. I have felt the power of the spirit many times in my life and been moved countless more times. Thus, the fear comes with giving into the “Becoming” because I know that the power of God is going to change my life. I will be called to a higher standard. This FREAKS ME OUT!

    I love the fact that when we give ourselves over to the beings that God has planned in advance for us to be we are able to do wonderful and powerful things. Yet, I suppose like most (christian or non) people I am sometimes afraid of the worldly sacrafice that must take place. More so than I would like to admit.

    At first I began to think how odd that this point affects me so. Then I remembered who I am up against and it became less and less odd. Satan is the father of lies and unfounded fear and I believe I have given him a home for far too long.

    I suppose I say all this to say thank you for teaching me to continually search the Word, the Light, the Life, and my heart for the dwelling place of God. Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for your conviction, thank you for Being who and whose you are.

    -your youngest fruit

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