I often get asked, “How many people attend your church?” Or, when having discussion with individuals about God’s provisions that He has blessed us with, I often hear the word ‘mine’. There seems to be a very possessive attitude toward the stuff we ‘own’. “That is his”, or “this is mine”, or even “this is ours”, but that attitude is mistaken and misleading.
From personal experience, the Lord has blessed me to have had experienced both prosperity and poverty in my life. The Lord has taught me that He can provide and take away. This experience wasn’t pleasant at the time, but I am a better person for having experienced the lesson.
As we continue to plant ‘The Bridge’ in Southern Ontario, I constantly hold to a kingdom mentality. Meaning, I strive to build the Kingdom of God regardless of who benefits. If I can help someone grow in their faith and maturity to better prepare them to serve at a different location, I am happy to have helped. If I can help a neighbouring church develop small groups and implement discipleship models- my pleasure. The Kingdom is bigger than me. The Kingdom is bigger than Southern Ontario. Having a possessive mentality and living a life for Christ is counter-productive. There is no ‘mine’ in building His Kingdom! Everything we have is by the grace of God. He provides all, so all is His. It has been entrusted to us while we occupy this earth. Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:31-32, Matthew 7:11, Luke 12:24 are just a few scriptures that show God’s provisions for us. For everything we have is by the blessing of God. We cannot take anything with us when we pass, so what is really ours? Romans 14:12 says we’ll give an account to God on that final day. An account for what we have done with what God has entrusted us with, and how obedient we were to His instructions in the Bible.
A popular quote states, “It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody is concerned about receiving credit.” We serve and give credit and glory to God. Only Him. All the time. Just Him.
As a pastor, these people aren’t mine; these people are God’s children. I’m just helping to shepherd the flock. My possessions aren’t mine, either. They are God’s. To be used for God’s work. However He wishes. It’s that simple. Sometimes difficult, but simple.
When we hold to a Kingdom mentality, doing our part to help build the kingdom through obedience to Him, you’ll be amazed at how much can be accomplished.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.