Passion for the kingdom
Tammy and I just returned from the Missions India Conference in Nagpur, India… and let me tell you, it was life changing!
The conference was held at the Mission India Theological Seminary with over 1,800 pastors and leaders in attendance. It was an amazing week, and Tammy and I will be sharing our experience this Sunday at church. You don’t want to miss it!
Today I’m going to give you a “sneak peek” of what we’ll be sharing on Sunday;
What I learned in India
If there was one thing that stood out all week, it was this:
Those pastors and leaders have a huge passion to see the kingdom of God expanded in India.
It was evident in everything: The worship, the teaching, the seminars, the discussions, even the prayer requests! (As a side note, I’ve never prayed for so many people in my life. Every person I met asked for prayer!)
Seeing their passion caused me to reflect on my own passion for the kingdom. To be honest, it was convicting. I had to ask myself:
Do I have that same passion to see God’s kingdom expanded in our city?
In all honesty, no.
Of course, the next question is, “Why not?” There are several possible reasons…
We have an easy life in America, and it’s easy to sit back and enjoy our modern comforts and conveniences. A life of comfort can drain your passion.
Lack of focus
There are many distractions that vie for our attention. Politics, news, sports, TV, and movies to name just a few. Oh, and then there’s social media to contend with. All of these things, while not bad in and of themselves, can hinder our passion.
Then there’s falling into “maintenance mode”
In other words, focusing only on what’s required for the next service, or the next event, but ignoring the bigger vision that God has for our lives, and our church.
I don’t know about you, but these are all patterns that I can easily fall into.
And they hinder my passion to see God’s kingdom expanded in our city.
So I’m praying. I’m asking God to renew my passion, and to help me stay focused on the calling He’s given me, and our church. I hope you’ll join me, because I believe God has great things in store for our church.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!