It has been about 6 years ago now that Derek started preparing to plant a church in Clovis. I remember the goal was to keep it “simple”. That sounded extremely easy then; today, now that The Vine has been a church for a little over 5 years, I see it’s not really that easy.
Strangely enough, it is not keeping church simple that is still a struggle, it is simply taking Jesus at His Word and living that way. Recently, I read an article by Oswald Chambers that helped me see a clearer picture of what that means. In our busy world filled with appointments, car payments, family reunions, fixing supper, replying to emails, washing the car, ________________ (you fill in the blank), we just can’t be still and know that our God is who he says he is.
I don’t like it when the things of this world take over the thoughts of my mind. My prayer is that God’s truth dwells in us so deeply that all of our hope rests in Him. I hope you enjoy Mr. Chambers’ article below.
“Look Again and Consecrate”
A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us because we will not be simple. How can we maintain the simplicity of Jesus so that we may understand Him? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, and obeying Him as He brings us the truth of His Word, life will become amazingly simple. Jesus asks us to consider that “if God so clothes the grass of the field…” how “much more” will He clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him? Every time we lose ground in our fellowship with God, it is because we have disrespectfully thought that we knew better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed “the cares of this world” to enter in (Matthew 13:22), while forgetting the “much more” of our heavenly Father.
“Look at the birds of the air…” (Matthew 6:26). Their function is to obey the instincts God placed within them, and God watches over them. Jesus said that if you have the right relationship with Him and will obey His Spirit within you, then God will care for your “feathers” too.
“Consider the lilies of the field…” (Matthew 6:28). They grow where they are planted. Many of us refuse to grow where God plants us. Therefore, we don’t take root anywhere. Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much more” He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him? Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?