Archive for May, 2012

I heard an author speaking recently about men and our feelings of inadequacy when a challenge is brought to us that is bigger than what we think we can handle.  It seems that many times we, both men and women, will be blocked by our feelings of inadequacy and not rise to the challenge at all. Often times we don’t take the first step because we aren’t sure how we are going to accomplish step 3 or 4.  I have seen this play out many times in my life.  I want to do something that is big, something that is beyond me and many times I don’t even do what I can do because I am afraid of the parts I can’t do.

The speaker addressed this issue in a way that I have never heard before.  He talked about the story in the Bible where Jesus feeds the 5000.  In the story there was a great multitude of people and the disciples wanted Jesus to send them away because the hour was late and it was a desolate place.  They wanted to people to be able to go and buy themselves some food to eat.  Jesus had a different idea and said to the disciples, “You feed them.”  So the guys go out and gathered what they could.  Five loaves and two fish.  Now, anyone knows that this is not enough food to even feed the disciples, let alone the crowd.  But the disciples did what Jesus asked them to do and they brought him what they had.  They knew it was inadequate but they brought it anyway.  They could have easily not followed through on the first step because they were unsure of the second and third steps, but they didn’t!  They followed through and brought their inadequacies to Jesus.  He then took it and multiplied it.  They brought what they had because they knew that he would take care of the rest.

This spoke to me loud and clear.  When we have dreams that are bigger than us, let’s bring what we have to Him.  No matter how small with think our part is. Let’s let Him take care of the rest.

I read two quotes this week that have continued to play in my mind like a broken record.  This first is a contemporary quote from Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  It was this, “I never study to teach.  I study to learn and teach out of what I’ve learned.”  This really spoke to me this week.  I love to study God’s Word and read about the deep things of who God is.  I love to study theology and seek out the mysteries of God.  The quote from Pastor Bill Johnson really inspired me to continue to study with no agenda except to know God more.  As we study and meditate on scripture, the message becomes a part of us.  It gives us something to say.

The second quote is a classic from Jonathan Edwards.  He said,”A person who has knowledge of theology and doctrine only – with no religious affection – has never engaged in true religion.”  As a worship leader, I absolutely love this statement!  It is a great reminder to us as we study.  If we don’t allow what we study to flow from our head to our hearts then we are really missing the mark.  We need to get in and study with our heads but we need to let that information penetrate our hearts and bring us closer to God.

My encouragement  to you is that as you read the Word and meditate on who God is, let that understanding drive you to a new place of worship.  Let’s study and learn and grow in our understanding of who God is and let’s worship with all of the passion we have!