We’re not the newest star

hudsontaylorbook1Marla brought a book over to my desk yesterday, which was written in 1932, that she picked up from her grandmother’s house. The name of the book is Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (pictured with previous cover). Here’s part of the quote that starts the book out, by E.M. Bounds:

Men are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods. The training of the Twelve was the great, difficult and enduring work of Christ. It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs.

hudsontaylorIn our current culture, we’re usually focused on how functional our programs are, how easy our website is to use, how pretty the building is that we meet in, or even how contemporary our style of worship is. We want to stand out, and we each want to be admired. That’s not what God is after, and I know I am failing. God is after people that want to talk and walk with Him ONLY. Individuals who praise Him, confess their sins, counting on His provision, and full of love for others. I might fit in there a little bit, but that isn’t how someone would define me if they had to.

I need to wake up and stop falling for the lie that everything IS new under the Sun. What a challenge not to get caught up in being new or being admired and respected. We might be important to God, but no more important than everyone else! Do you also struggle with letting your relationship with God be predominant over anything else that you are doing / being?

PRAYING for more of an attitude of prayer and personal reflection. PRAISING God for those who have come before us, and have lived the kind of lives we need to.

  1. But the same thing has been true for generations. Whether traditional or contemporary, they are both man’s method. The problem is when we start believing man’s method is a better replacement for God’s method.

    Perhaps it is the entrenched old time southern mentality where I live that has caused contemporary worship styles to be pigeonholed as ungodly. When it has nothing to do with style. It is taking the talents that God has given you and using them towards ministry excellence in service to God.

    We do need to let God be predominant in all we do, personally and corporately. If we humble ourselves, he will use whatever method we employ for His good and His service.

  2. janelle

    We just need more of God, more of God, more of God…less of self. HE is calling us Gabe, HE is calling us.

  3. Matthew West’s song “The Motions” fits this well.
    I don’t wanna go through the motions
    I don’t wanna go one more day
    Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
    I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
    What if I had given everything?
    Instead of going through the motions

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