Monday, June 01, 2009

Knowing and Enjoying God Part One

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you."
-Psalm 16:1
Why is it of utmost importance to focus on teaching our people to glorify God and enjoy God in all that we do as pastors? Here are five reasons:

Reason one.
The psalmist says that apart from God we have "no good." God does not look to be blessed by us but looks to be a blessing through us. Doing pastoring well means that in everything (hospitals, funerals, weddings, dedications, teaching, preaching, evanagelizing, hanging out playing ping-pong) we show the connection between the good of life and the good of God. That we cannot enjoy any good thing without first enjoying God. We cannot even bless a meal without first being blessed by God. We love (anything/anyone) because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 We pastor well when more and more people in our congregation and world learn to love God above all things or love all things only as an expression of their love for their God, because they enjoy their God. 

We do that best when we show, by our lives, that at our core we have been transformed by God and are, now, fundamentally in love with God ourself and we enjoy God above all things and thereby enjoy him in all things.


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