The movie poster was stirring and has always stuck with me. “He fought for freedom and settled for power.” The movie was telling the story of Castro, but the tag line seems to apply to so many in places of influence and leadership.
It is dangerous. When we succeed or move to the next level, the temptation to worship self runs deep. I wonder if a solution is to pray that the Lord would keep us “small,” dependent on him and content in little things.
Uzziah missed that type of prayer. Made king at 16 he did what was right and followed the law of the Lord. God made him to prosper because of it. Things were looking up. Then, he settled.
“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction…” 2 Chronicles 26:16 (ESV)
The more he had military and economic success the more reckless he became. He turned from devotion to God to devotion to himself. To his destruction.
God will make those that are faithful to prosper. He will even elevate men and women to prominent places. But we must always labor to keep pride at bay or destruction is bound to come.
May we have the wisdom, and community, to keep us humble for the glory of Christ.
It is finally here, April 5. I have a book due back to the library but I am not finished with it and I can’t get an extension because someone else has it on hold. Awful. Since it is the Lenten season I am embracing waiting as I have reserved the ebook from the library and wait for it to become available.
Oh the things that can get us down!
It is to the archives we go today for some thought provocation and worshipful stirring. Start the weekend off right.
First up is a piece from Rosario Butterfield from February on loving our neighbors well through the tools we have in our hands. Think Nextdoor App and all the fun that happens there.
Butterfield gives a good model of evangelistic living but the questions it raises are worth it. Do we love our neighbors? Do we care about our city and the people around us? Maybe the Lord will stir us new efforts to impact where we are…
This week I sent a group of pastors an article as we were discussing how to measure success in ministry and the pastoral life. I have been significantly encouraged by Jared Wilson’s work in this arena and am digging his latest book were he builds on what the article points out.
Five metrics of grace to help us measure ministry fruitfulness and beyond measuring the church, these are important metrics for all Christ followers. So give it a look and see how you are doing!
Finally a bit of worship from Austin Stone.
I will not be anxious, Jesus, You are near The Peace of God surrounding me, and casting out all fears The hand that holds the heavens, is the mighty hand that saves The voice that calms the stormy seas Is calling me by name
I’m singing in the victory, the victory of the cross I’m resting in the shadow, of Your redeeming love I’m standing on the promise, the promise of new life ‘Cause I am Yours forever, and Jesus, You are mine Oh Jesus, You are mine
When I have forgotten, the fullness of Your grace Yes, I’ll remember Calvary, where You took my place
I’m singing in the victory, the victory of the cross I’m resting in the shadow, of Your redeeming love I’m standing on the promise, the promise of new life ‘Cause I am Yours forever, and Jesus, You are mine Oh Jesus, You are mine Oh Jesus, You are mineThere is no one like You, God Love immeasurable and strong
There is no one like You, God So lead this heart to sing in awe There is no one like You, God, no-o Love immeasurable and strong There is no one like You, God So lead this heart to sing in awe
“Moreover, the example of the apostle teaches us what we should do after we have done our duty. Let us commit all the success of it to God, by whose providence we know all things are governed. This is the only means by which we can moderate and quiet our devices, wherein those so who are ignorant are marvelously troubled and often times abandon their duty, supposing to bring matters to pass through their own wisdom and devices. For, standing between hope and dread, they can find no resting place for their devise. But those who know that trust and diligence is required of them in doing their duty and that all success thereof depends on God, when they see they have done their duty, they ignore all dangers that come to them; no fear of danger can prevent them from doing their duty.” – Rudolf Gwalther
It is a great reminder each day that in ministry, and life, trust and diligence are required and all success depends on God.