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Sometimes when we do something for a while, we forget WHY we do it. Anything can go like this—WHY do we eat dinner as a family every night?, WHY do we clean out the gerbil cage every week?, WHY do we go to church every weekend?
Prayer can be like this, too. We can begin to forget WHY we pray. We feel we should pray, but we don’t think about WHY. I suggest when we’re pushed between competing priorities, it would be wise to remember our WHYs.
Here are five of them:
Last week I shared an eight-minute talk on my puny view of Jesus. I had come to a point when I realized I was treating him WAY TOO SMALL. How did I realize this? I was exposed to a larger view of Christ.
At first it came as an imposition:
“You want me to re-consider my view of Jesus? Don’t you know I’ve been following him for 30 years already? I don’t need to re-think Jesus.”
Then I made excuses:
“I believe the basics, that’s enough. I don’t have time for this. You’re just talking semantics.”
Then I got mad:
“Who are you to challenge my view of Christ? I’ve been leading people for years, are you saying I’ve been doing it wrong? My walk with Jesus is MY business!”
But finally I gave in because saying I had the King of kings all figured out was pretty prideful. I barely have my wife figured out. Who was I fooling?
In the end it was a matter of humility—admitting I didn’t know Jesus in the ways I could know him—which meant there was MUCH MORE to Christ to know. I just had to enter the process. So I did.
I’d like to make three points about this process.
Note: On April 23 I participated in a Christ Talks event, where 10 speakers shared insights on the person of Christ from their unique perspectives. You can watch the video or read the blog , which is a portion of my Christ Talk.
Intimacy with Jesus hasn’t been a struggle for me. I like to live my life from my heart. You could say I haven’t been “shorthearted” when it comes to Jesus. But I have been shortsighted in my vision of Christ.
For the last year and a half—after 30 years of being a Christian, including some years in Christian leadership—I’ve been in a process of rediscovering who Jesus is, and I’m coming to love him more. I’m seeing how a greater vision of Christ increases my intimacy and my love for Christ.
My daughter and I are back from the Philippines and here’s a report of what happened. From the outset, I need to say how thankful I am for this opportunity. Thank you to the folks who supported the trip with prayer and with finances. We could not have accomplished what we did if not for your help. So in this way, we have become partners together. Our fruit is your fruit. Our joy is your joy. Our mission has become your mission. Thank you.
This trip carried three main purposes—to speak and pray for people at a variety of ministry events, to make improvements to our student sponsorship program, and to enjoy a meaningful trip between father and daughter. Thank you Jesus, we accomplished all three in an abundant manner!
In case you don’t want to read all this, here’s how I end: In summary, we saw God’s active hand on so many parts of the trip. He filled my mouth when I needed him to, he brought a harvest of souls, he used the Body of Christ in powerful ways, he exalted Jesus to the highest place, he knit together the Church for this mission, and he planted special things in my daughter’s heart that will flower in unexpected ways. We stayed healthy the entire time. We return home more in love with Jesus, more convinced of our next steps, and grateful to have a role in the Father’s great design. Thank you, Philippines, for welcoming and receiving us. Thank you, supporters, for your faith, support, and confidence. Thank you, LORD, for using us. Now for the glory of God the Father we give thee praise.
Here are pictures, video, and commentary: