• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

The art of sacrifice in a region

At the Mission¹⁴: Vision Forward Area conferences this past year, I shared a number of challenges with each region or Area.  The purpose was to affirm and celebrate what God has done through us over the past few years as well as to challenge Area members to “excel still more” in their work and ministry for Jesus.

We can each settle in to a ‘comfortable’ way of doing ministry and lose that edge of daily learning what it means to “die to our fleshly love of impressing people in this way for glory for ourselves.”  I will often fend off challenges that may be given to me by ‘defending’ the good stuff that I’m already doing, and concluding by saying something like, “besides you don’t really understand what I am dealing with here in my ministry.”

We all need others to help us gain better perspective and grow in our character, gifts and abilities.  Naaman (2 Kings 5) was fortunate enough to have a number of servants who were willing to “bring him up short” in a crisis situation.  Otherwise, he probably would have walked away from the redemption and healing he sought.

Over the next few posts, I would like to share what I shared with each Area: both as a reminder of the challenge, but also as a motivation to pray for one another as we seek to learn the further change and growth to which God is calling us.

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