The Cost of Obedience

“I would consider it a joy if I caused my family to suffer for the sake of the gospel” - Mark Young

I remember vividly when Dr. Mark Young made that statement in my World Missions class at DTS. As a spouse or parent, we have a dilemma when it comes to obedience. For me to obey, it may cause suffering in the life of my wife or family...and the opposite is true as well. But in the long run, am I trying to create a suffering avoidance lifestyle or an obedient one? What if I am wrong, does that hurt my status as a leader?

We might not be fully sure of a decision, but God calls us to step out in faith. There is a process of listening, obeying and evaluating that must be refined throughout the life of a believer. I must be willing to suffer for the people and places that God calls my family or friends to go to, and I must have the courage to do the same when I am called.

We live for the sake of the gospel...not our own comfort.

The mere act of attempted obedience is a better risk than a fear of the suffering that obedience might cause.

For more on this topic: My Utmost for His Highest - Jan 30

Start with Weakness... Invest in Strength

"For when I am weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:10b

Should we focus on our strengths or work on our weaknesses?

Our weakness, as Paul discusses, is a mindset, not a lacking of skills. Paul is referring to how weak we are because of our sinful hearts. This theme is seen throughout the Bible and we are well served to embrace it. If we rely on our abilities or our own goodness, we are setup to fail. We should remind ourselves every morning that we are weak, but that He offers strength. Anything that reminds us of that weakness should be seen as a good thing.

Now that we are grounded, reminded of grace and sure of where our strength comes from, go out and make the most impact by investing the most time in the areas you are most gifted. Live out your strengths and God will use the gifts He has given you to accomplish the plan He has. This is when we get the most joy in life!

We know it is about Him...not us.

We use the gifts & passions He has given us.

We are apart of His mission.

10x the Investment... of Your Time

If we knew beyond A shadow of a doubt that we could invest 10x our money, we would have no problem finding some cash to invest. It would be a no brainer.

As you look back on 2017, have you thought where you spent time that generated a 10X return on your joy, your impact, or your peace? It is easy for us to get into a rut of living reactive lives that are so "BUSY" and filled with the things other people think we should do. This is not sustainable and will rob us of the life God promises. 

Psalm 1:3 states, "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

The prospering of the tree begins with where it is planted. If it is planted by the source of life, it produces good fruit. We are not much different than that tree. If we root our lives in the Living God, it will produce good fruit...it will produce LIFE. *Side note: prospering does not always mean financial prosperity, but if we live with purpose, the joy we receive is better than anything money can buy.*

What will you invest your time doing in 2018 that will multiply your impact?

ON THE BOARD

The Big Man's Big Plan. He desires to use His people to reach more people. It brings him glory and brings us satisfaction.

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One of the primary items in the WayForward office is a magnet board. Anyone that has expressed interest in organizing a backpacking trip or anyone we believe would be a great organizer has their name on a magnet on the board. When they progress towards booking a trip, we move their name over to the right. Why do we have this board??? It is our prayer board. Every week we pray, like actually talk out loud to God, for these people. 

We believe that God wants to use His people to reach others. It takes ONE PERSON to catch a vision for deeper community, deeper conversations and deeper purpose. That is what a WayForward Trip Organizer does. We pray that doors would open and schedules would align for this to happen. When it does...God uses a few days in the mountains to change lives.

Who does God want you to reach with your life?

Should your name be on this board?

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 7

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 7: What is one thing, that if you actually did it, would change your life today?

 

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have enjoyed processing through these questions. Praying God will continue to refine each of us to look more like Him and live a full + abundant life.

 

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 6

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 6: Do you believe God is good...no matter what happens?

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 5

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 4: If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your life?

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 4

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 4: When was your last transformational shift?

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 3

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 3: If finances reveal the desire of your heart, what does your bank account say you worship?

THE POWER OF QUESTIONS, DAY 2

Questions are often more powerful than comments because they force us to evaluate ourselves. Take a few minutes each day between now and Thanksgiving to do a little self evaluation. May the eyes of your heart be opened to see and understand the Lord more clearly and may you have the courage to change where prompted. 
 

QUESTION 2: When do you feel most alive?