This is just a online conversation that I had with a good brother of mine…
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Me – It’s always so much easier to give up on a person rather than love then enough to seek to graciously shine truth into the deepest and neediest parts of their hearts which they work so hard to protect.

Him – Yup, and that takes time too…most times a long time, and a lot of times we want quick and clean work, but thats why it takes love…I’m speaking for myself, so ya… But I agree, and I was thinking about that today…

Me – you know i was thinkin bout you on new years night as we were all sharing about life and all. Adding to what you said above here, and as you step into a more official role of ministry – know that there will always be ten thousand reasons to quite. I know im young and inexperienced and don’t know much myself, but in these last few years I have faced that many times. The pressure of ppl or expectations or the never-ending list of sermons to preach or lessons to lead sometimes makes one feel so weak…

I think that the only thing that can truly keep a person going in living a lifestyle of ministry is the constant penetrating understanding that Jesus Christ is infinitely worth more than any sin or temptation. So, although we are weak and inadequate, we always get back up, we always sit back down in that chair, we always pick up that pen or book, we always catch up to that person who is trying to avoid us because of the Truth, and we keep at it. All because of what He has done, and what HE has made us to be – He deserves whatever scronny and limited amount of worship we can bring.

Him – u’ve explained in a nutshell how I feel about even starting this ministry. From talking to you and the other leaders and just seeing your guy’s life in your ministry I find myself scared to step up to the “work”. But as I understand the power given me through Jesus Christ, and as I see myself in light of His glorious grace towards me, I want to do nothing but bring Him whatever “scronny and limited amount of worship that I have”. As I grow in my knowledge and understanding of the surpassing greatness and suffiency of Jesus Christ, I find my utter selfishness in not giving to Him all my time and energy. I know i will definitely come back to your words throughout the whole thing. And I, standing in the grace and mercy of Christ alone, can boldly and wholly lay it all down before my Lord Jesus Christ…
Sole Deo Gloria!