“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 I love this command by Jesus. We are to come to Him. And Follow Him. That verb represents a life time of movement. You can’t follow someone if you don’t move WITH them. Sometimes i think the greatest challenge is walking with Him into the places He leads us. In Scripture, he was often leading his disciples right into the thick of things with many people in great need. Not many of us want to jump on the band wagon to step into such places. But there are other times He calls his disciples to pull away and pray with Him or just fellowship with Him. These are the places that refuel us, strengthen us and help us gain our perspective. We can’t follow Him to the hard places and thrive if we haven’t a cultivated the habit of following Him into His quiet fellowship.
Our passion at Mt. Gilead is to shine the light of Christ in our community and beyond. In the Book of Isaiah, the Lord speaks: “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.” As the world looks for comfort, happiness, and fulfillment in counterfeit gods such as money, status, power and the like, we offer the truth of God’s Word. God’s word is not fancy or sophisticated…but rather simple, humble and powerful. It may not be in vogue to adhere to all the teachings of Christ in this current day and age, but it is the foundation of the ministry here at Mt. Gilead. The power to bring real change and transformation is found as we proclaim the hope and salvation found in Jesus Christ. Through this ministry, we witness people encounter Jesus and surrender their sin, their control and their shame to Him. We see people give up their addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography and bullying. We see men and women begin to work in earnest at rebuilding their marriages. We see youth choosing to serve Christ in full time ministry. He is the one that brings change and He is the reason for Mt. Gilead. The world is in desperate need of hope and we have the light of Jesus Christ. There is no god like our God.
I have been contemplating and praying about what topic I should speak on for the Pre-Conference Luncheon in March and although i don’t have the title nailed down I do have an idea. I was thinking about the calmness of Christ. He often stepped into chaotic, messy situations but He was calm. He brought calmness to most people. The people who didn’t feel so calm in his presence were those grasping at power, control, and status. But for those that were grieving, sick, oppressed, directionless, without hope…He brought calmness and He did it not by giving people everything they wanted and making them comfortable but by challenging their thinking and encouraging them to be in fellowship with Him and reminding them of a heavenly kingdom.
John 17:13-15 Jesus words as He was praying for his disciplels. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”