Okay. If ever i have had to eat my words and thoughts I am doing it now. I went to the Acts 1:8 “challenge” last night and was totally blown away by their concept. The first words out of Dr. Gravette’s mouth were “This is not a program, this is a lifestyle!”
For the first fifteen minutes I was cynical, wisecracking and utterly turned off in my thoughts as I listened to Dr. Gravettes’ introduction. Then something happened. God spoke to me!
Wow! Do you know how awesome it is to have the word of God enter your thoughts and tell you something? It gives me chills.
So you want to know what God told me? This is it; : “Shut up and pay attention, You need to hear what this man is saying!”
Now not only did this give me chills, it also left me red faced and embarrassed. I am so grateful no one else heard it. I went to this conference with a preconceived idea that this was going to be another “program” and in six months when it didn’t pan out we would move on to the “next program”.
Actually The two men there from the GBC were a bit sarcastic about the “programs” over the past few years. These men, Dr. Mike Gravette and John Tarrer, were there to encourage pastors to get off their bum and do what the Lord commanded them to do. ” Go ye therefore into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth.” He encouraged them to not only be concerned about their church but to actually be concerned about their neighbors, city, county, State, Country, Continent, and World. One statement that was said was “… as pastors what are you doing to bring others to Jesus Christ? Sitting in your office all week and visiting your members ain’t doing it! You need to be out there reaching others for Christ no matter where you are.” Wow what a concept!?!
All in all I was well pleased to eat my words. God opened my eyes and revealed my character as well as my heart. Through this conference God opened a door for me to do more through our association which is what I have been praying for. So whatdouyaknow , I guess this Acts 1:8 “challenge” really was a challenge to live your life according to what God has commanded.
Oh by the way, when my wife and I got in the van to head home, she said ” See, I told you!”
AAAHHGGG! Thank you Lord!