I have thoroughly enjoyed my last month of sabbatical. It was a privilege to be granted such a break. It has been a refreshing month in which I was able to grow closer to my Savior, refresh physically, and enjoy some extra time with my wife and kids.
I was reminded how much Jesus wants to walk in a close relationship with me. He has chosen me to be adopted as His child according to the kind intention of His will (Eph 1). That means he really wants to be close to me, just as I do with my own kids.
I can rest secure in my position in Christ, confident that I am His. My value is not found in what I can do for Him, but who He has made me to be. I am a work of art created for a purpose. What I do does not make me who I am, and I can rejoice I that.
My priorities are important to remember. I cannot neglect the things that only I can do and be – like maintaining my walk with the Lord, my physical health, my role as a husband and father. These things cannot be neglected. There are also certain roles as a pastor that only I can fulfill, and those are the things I must do and seek to delegate other responsibilities. Each of us must determine what these priorities are for us and make decisions accordingly.
I was reminded of my utter need for God. In all of my work, I can only really accomplish what God allows. Especially when it comes to kindom productivity, I can only bear fruit as I abide in Him. This is something that needs to happen even more in my life as I come to Him in prayer and allow Him to shape my heart and renew my focus.
I can trust in the great and awesome God and Savior that has brought us into His kindom for His glory. He will work as I surrender myself to Him each day. I thank the Lord for the encouragement and prayers of our church family and cherish your continued prayers. May God do great things through us as we walk closely with Him, growing together in Christ so that we might all together share Christ ovingly at every opportunity.