Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

I love CityAlight!  I’ve listened to their albums and appreciate their ability (willingness) to create songs that are meant for congregations to sing together.  The music is good and the writing is wonderful.

Here’s their latest single: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
-Galatians 2:19-20

You’ll be singing this today!

Stay blessed…john

When you’re a pastor

When you’re a pastor,
someone is there to say something discouraging to you.
And about you.
Someone is there to question everything you say and do.
Yes, everything.
Someone will have their more-than-fair share of critiques of you.
And opinions

When you’re a pastor,
some people give you credit that only belongs to God.
Some lie to you.
Some people will fake you out and use you for what they want.
Some bail on you.
You never know how honest you can be with someone else,
second guessing.

When you’re a pastor,
people will love you like you are one of the family.
They will bless you.
People don’t always understand everything you carry.
They pray for you.
They want to help your family any way that they can.
And they do so.

When you’re a pastor,
you realize something important about what you do.
You’re just like them.
You do your job for the same reason they try to do theirs.
For God’s glory.
People realize the complexity of what you face.
They face it, too.

When you’re a pastor,
others bless your life.

Who do you think you are?

I often hear from people who feel a bit inadequate to either share their faith or teach others what they know about Christ.

The phrase they use is, “Who am I to try to teach them?”

That’s a humble approach to take.  Yes, who are you to speak on behalf of the Creator of the world?  Who are you to attempt to connect someone’s life with the the Almighty?  Who are you to be so bold to make declarations about the Lord of lords, King of kings?

You don’t know everything.  You’re probably barely trying to figure your life out as it is.

Who are you?

I know who.

You’re the person God put in someone’s day, that’s who you are.  Whether you’re a friend, a church member, co-worker or random guy standing in the grocery line, if you sense God nudging you, then you’re the person God chose for that moment.

Stay blessed…john