Pastor's Corner - May 26th
We live in a world that prides its self in ingenuity and progress. There is an obsession with being cutting edge and moving forward. But a heavy focus on the future can come at the expense of learning from the past. Our culture does little to appreciate the advice of those who have gone before us. Thankfully God’s Word bucks this trend: “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:32). In the church each person has a part to play and God placed elders in our midst to mentor, encourage and advise us. Those living in their “Twilight years” still have so much to offer to the family of Christ.
One of my favorite youth workers (who was in his 70s at the time) would often joke, “I’m getting to old for this _______.” But he also knew that we never retire from the work of God’s kingdom. In fact the Holy Spirit enables “old men [and women] to dream new dreams” (Acts 2:17). As Frank Sinatra put it, “Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you if you're young at heart.” The Spirit empowers every disciple (regardless of age) to believe that God makes all things new, which means we are never too old to participate in the ministry of the Lord. Jesus can teach “old dogs new tricks!” The “autumn years” can actually be a season of newness. A time to be born again. So may you embrace the “golden years” like a child of God.
This week let’s honor, listen and learn from those who have gone before us. Let’s remember how the Lord used our elders in his great plan to spread his love and truth throughout the earth. Let’s never grow too old to believe that God makes all things new. Which includes me and you!
This week we are back to the Five Lessons I Have Learned About Being a Rebel. Let’s do a quick review of the first two lessons:
Lesson ONE – rebels who are remembered (for goodness sake), are not just against things as they are, they are diligently giving themselves to things as they should be.
Lesson TWO – the best rebels understand that respecting all people is fundamental in the pursuit of any goal, and under the Christian banner, love might even demand that we honor the “opposing” person over and above the cause.
Now to lesson three. This lesson is about passion and being patient with those who may not be as passionate as the rebel thinks others should be. Once a rebel embraces a cause, you can rest assured he/she will be doggedly determined to see it through till the end. That persistence is usually driven by a deep-seated passion that something must be done about this. For the rebel it is clear. It is also white hot. In a rebel’s mind it is inconceivable that anyone would be unable to see the importance of this getting fixed/changed. As a result, when they run into others who aren’t as passionate about the issue/cause, they can become indignant and rude.
Why does this matter?
It matters because rebels must understand that lasting change require lots of people getting on-board and doing their part – and the harsh reality is that not everyone will feel as deeply about the issue as the rebel does. That doesn’t make these people wrong. That doesn’t make them uncaring. It’s just that the rebel has been given their deep passion (perhaps even by God), because what burns inside gives the rebel perseverance in leading the initiative.
Lesson THREE – a passionate rebel must be persistent in the cause and patient with the people who don’t feel it as deeply as the rebel does. The rebel still needs them. If you’re the rebel - don’t alienate people. Lead them.