“God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.” –John Piper Desiring God
I have been reflecting a lot on this passage last week. In our college group we are doing a series on worship. The cool thing about this series is that there is no end date right now. We are just going to talk about worship for a while. It’s really going to be pretty fun for me. Last week we talked about the Joy of Worship, and we pondered the Westminster catechism which stated, “Man’s chief purpose is to Worship God and enjoy him forever.” It was really quite fun talking about enjoying God and how worship helps us to do that.
This week if anyone reads this blog and has anything to add, then I would love to hear from you. I am going to be writing the bulk of my notes tonight and do a little tweaking tomorrow. But I would love to hear what you think it means to be satisfied in God.
Well today I am doing something that I have been hoping not to have to do. I am going to an interview for a part time job at starbucks. Kathy and I are trying to prepare for the birth of Judah in June, and we keep having these crazy unexpected bills and situations come up that we gotta pay for so we have been unable to effectively save for this baby.
So to help out with this I am going to be taking up a part time job. Which kind of sucks because it’s going to eat up my schedule, but it’s cool because I would get to work around Coffee, which is one of the top five loves in my life. And it’s going to get me out of the Christian Bubble.
It’s so easy as a pastor to get stuck in your own little church world, and when I tell people to bring their friends it’s really hard because I don’t have any non-Christian friends. So I’m hoping to build some friendships where I can share Jesus and be an encouragement.
Also the starbucks I am applying for is in Mountlake Terrace where our church is going to be moving so this will give me a chance to get to know the people in the area and saturate myself in the MLT culture.
I’m pretty excited and I hope I can get this job. Will I be tired? Yeah, will I be busy, yeah, will I see Kathy less, probably. Is it temporary? Yes. So this should work out pretty good. Maybe after the baby is born I can keep working there and try to pay down some of our debt. Who knows. We will see though.
I was told by several people that I needed to read the Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin. So with elevate 06 concluded, I am finding that I have a little bit more time to focus on some reading and studying. Which is a good thing. I’m only done with the second chapter of this book, and I was already challenged.
Newbigin is talking about the authority of mission. Who’s authority are we acting under? Of course the answer to that should be Jesus. If it isn’t Jesus then you should really go back and check your priorities. But with our answer comes another question — “Well, who is Jesus?”
Newbigin states –”The answering of the question is the work of Christian witness through all the centuries and all the cultures until the day comes when all nations confess him Lord.”
I think some times we get off track when we are talking about mission and purpose and vision of a ministry or church or even individuals. We have these great lofty statements that sound churchy. But really we are living in a world that knows less and less about Jesus. Our primary mission should be answering that question, “Who is Jesus?”
I think more than giving sermons on annointing, or worship, or family, or work, etc. we should spend more time answering the question, “Who is Jesus?” Who is this guy and why is he so important?
If we know who Jesus is in our own lives, then we need to be sure that we are telling others what we know about him. People ask me all the time about my wife, and I have no problem talking about her. But whate about the people who are going to ask who is this Jesus? Can you answer? That’s our mission, that’s the mission of the church, to answer that one question. All the other stuff is secondary.