I am very concerned about acceptable Sunday morning mediocrity, and I am persuaded that it is not primary a schedule or laziness problem. I am convinced it is a theological problem. The standards you set for yourself and your ministry are directly related to your view of God. If you are feeding your soul every day on the grace and glory of God, if you are in worshipful awe of his wisdom and power, if you are spiritually stunned by his faithfulness and love, and if you are daily motivated by his presence and promises, then you want to do everything you can to capture and display that glory to the people God has placed in your care. It is your job as a pastor to pass this glory down to another generation, and it is impossible for you to do that if you are not being awe-stricken by God’s glory yourself.
It wasn’t Israel’s brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets and gold objects that pleased the Lord – trust me, God doesn’t need our brooches – it was the willing hearts and spirits of his people. Do you want to please the Lord and bring him joy? Serve him with gladness.
Three from Amazon:
Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins – 99¢
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Revival Year Sermons by Charles Spurgeon – 75¢
The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon (4 Volumes) – $2.50
109 Sermons and Other Works by J.C. Ryle – $2.50
On Keeping the Heart by John Flavel – 75¢
Dear Stay-at-Home Mom,
You are a gift of God to your husband and your kids.
But you don’t always feel that way, do you?