Good morning! Well, that’s what it is for me…It’s the first day of the new year, like most of you I’m trying to turn over a new leaf, new years resolutions, etc. Part of that is blogging…DAILY…about…well, everything…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and everything in between….including ministry, business, technology, daily devotions, and fitness & nutrition milestones and setbacks.
Last year, 2012, was awesome! I learned things about myself, about ministry, about many things. Let me just say, I wouldn’t take it back if I could! I entered my second year as Pastor at Liberty Grove Assembly of God. Having just resigned my position there as of this past Sunday, let me just say it was a GREAT experience! I learned more about myself, others, and about God than I ever have before. I truly, honestly love everyone that I served with and pastored at that church. I hope that some of them have an opportunity to read this and understand that as I left and we partook of communion together, that I left anything that wasn’t of God at the altar. I DID learn a GREAT deal and am totally stoked about our next phase of ministry.
As I approach my leaf turning, my daily devotions will always come first! I’m up this morning at 5am. My house is quiet, only the light roar of my computer fan humming and the sound of God along with my Bible and a couple of devotional books that I use during my study time.
Psalm 119:2 says Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
What a GREAT scripture to start of this new year with new commitments not only to myself or to your self but also to God! Most everyone knows a half-hearted commitment will kill a relationship, be it with a wife, girlfriend, a ball team, or a work force. A house divided shall not stand! It simply doesn’t work.
When Jesus was asked to declare the greatest commandment in the Word of God, He gave us Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. There doesn’t leave much wiggle room here…He said with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul, and ALL your mind. This goes far beyond church attendance…this is being completely and wholly committed to God.
This is really summarizes my study this morning. Put God FIRST in all things, love him with all you have. Dedicate yourselves to Him first and all the other things that we have to accomplish in life will come together. Whatever it is…in my case, it is God first, then my wife and family being a husband, father, and son, my self, including diet & fitness and general overall health, then my friends & ministry.
It’s interesting when I put it in writing, my priorities, that it looks weird that ministry would come last. Technically it does come last but in context ministry is in everything we do, it’s in our relationships with our family, our friends, even how we take care of ourselves and our business. It shows our values, our love of God, and priorities to everyone we come in contact with who wouldn’t normally be involved in our ministry at all. It’s almost cliche’ any more but it still applies. Our life is the only Bible some people will ever read. Make sure it aligns it self to the context of the Bible that you have, stay in it, read up and prayed up.
Be blessed today, and this New Year. Happy New Year to all of my friends, Facebook friends, and soon to be friends.