In September 2010, we packed up our belongings, loaded up the family, and followed God’s direction by moving to Charlotte NC. Now, nearly four years later, He is leading us to move again.
We served on staff with an inner city youth ministry for three and a half years while living here. About a month ago, God called us to step down from those positions. (You can read more about it HERE) At the moment we knew the decision had to be made, we didn’t exactly understand what God was doing. We were completely at peace, because we knew it was His will, but questions still lingered. Now, after seeking Him more and more each day, we realize how vital it has been to slow things down for a season.
I’ve probably said this before, and I will say it many more times I’m sure, but there is absolutely nothing more important than having an intimate, personal, love-motivated relationship with God.
That relationship requires spending time with our Father in the secret place. It’s where we commune with God and get to actually know Him. Saying a quick prayer in the middle of the day, or even spending ten minutes reading a devotion at night are good things, but are they truly allowing us the intimacy that is needed?
We shouldn’t be inserting God into our lives to have a better day. We need to seek Him above and beyond anything else. Everything flows out of that relationship.
I believe the lack of knowing God, and the truth of His Word, is what causes such division in the body of Christ. Look at all the different denominations within Christianity alone. All these belief systems and doctrines are man made, and not rooted in the unchanging truth of God’s Word. If they were, we wouldn’t have so many different streams, camps, and rivers. I’m not trying to be mean or judgmental. I just want to keep it real. Meeting in community with other believers is vital, but if we don’t walk out of church looking more like Jesus, then why are we there?
The Gospel isn’t a buffet where everyone can shop around to find what they want. It is the steadfast, rock-solid truth.
Philippians 2:19-23 says (emphasis is mine):
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
This was many years after the church had been established, I heard someone say maybe 30 years, and there was only one guy who lived, believed, and taught as Paul did. Only one other person in all that time who was not living for himself, but completely surrendered to the will of Christ. That was Timothy. So even back in Paul’s day, no one was on page with the truth of the Gospel. And he’s talking to the church in Philippi. That should blow our minds.
Not exactly sure how I got onto that topic, but perhaps someone out there in cyberspace needed to hear it.
So, back to the point of this blog post. God is moving us on from Charlotte and back into the mountains of Western North Carolina. This is where I met, and then married, the woman of my dreams. We haven’t lived in that area in nearly fifteen years. It’s as if God is bringing us around full circle.
There are lost and hurting people everywhere we go. Our relationship with Papa God, lived out in everyday life, will be the ministry to those who so desperately need to realize they have a Father who loves them deeply. They need to know their true identity in Christ. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) We don’t hold the sins of people against them. We show them love, and allow Holy Spirit to water those seeds.
We’re not exactly sure what He has for us in this next step, but we are following Him every inch of the way. Right now, we are digging more into the Word, seeking our Father in the secret place, listening for His guiding voice, and loving those around us.
There is a season for everything. We know our season here in Charlotte is over. Where will our road lead? God only knows at the moment.
For us, we just know that we’re on the road again.