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“Real Face Time”

Posted on Sep 22 2016 by Gary Mason

It’s conference time. What I like to call “real face time.”

To me conference has become just that, three days of face to face with those we normally see just once or twice a year.

How apropos this gathering of ministers merges with the changing colours of autumn. When I can expect a greater continued change in me by being present with many of those whom I’ve come to consider the dearest of friends. The CFCM family.

Proverbs 27:17, “as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another,” has certainly proven itself throughout the years of attending National Conference.

KJV translates it this way, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (emphasis mine)

Yes, getting before one another’s face.

A well-used word in the way society now avails a means to communicate.

In particular, Face-Time and Facebook.

Personally, as a grandfather, I love Face-Time. Having conversations with my three grandchildren at almost any-time – whether it’s during a meal, bedtime, or outside playing. Fortunately my kids only live 25 minutes away so I also get the real face-time on a regular basis.

Facebook is a different story. I use it, and do like it – sometimes.

Electronic connectedness has allowed for not just the good – but also the bad and the ugly.

We’ve lost the flesh and blood attachment, being in one another’s presence, in each other’s face – if you will.

I know of too many people who now consider their “home” church in front of some sort of screen. Live streaming into their home – a one stop, “Bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits – You come to me.”

Relationships are the core of our existence – beginning with our Triune God. And just as the serpent questioned this relationship as recorded in Genesis, we can see how his work is still the same today.

We’re prone to hide.

I was watching The Tonight Show recently, and there were two guests well known to many. One was a singer in his 70’s,  another a comedic actress in her 80′s. It was obvious to the viewer that both had work done to their face.

I’m not sure if they’d looked better without the work having been done, my guess is yes, though they must have thought it brought better results.

Wanting to be younger, hiding the aging process.

We hide.

As believers the Word clearly tells us that the further along we go, the better looking we become.

Inside and out.

When we stay present.

In the face of God.

His Word.

In the face of others.

Each other.

 

It isn’t always easy.

 

Two lyrics from the same artist come to mind, Dan Hasletine of the Jars of Clay,

 

“Blessed are the shallow

Depth they’ll never find

Seemed to be some comfort

In rooms I try to hide”

From the song Frail

 

“Bury my head for the shame,

You pick me up, you say I look like You

Though it makes no sense to me,

You make me believe that I could trust someone.”

From the song Sing

 

The wounded, hide.

The scared, hide.

The tired, hide.

 

While writing this out, I hear the words from Isaiah,

 

“For the Lord GOD will help Me;

Therefore I will not be disgraced;

Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

Isaiah 50:7

 

Another, from the Psalms,

 

“When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.””

Psalm 27:8

 

Now back to Proverbs 27: 17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of another.”

 

I’ve been blessed to attend National Conference regularly for the past almost 10 years and I can identify a sharpening from each individual year.

I’m looking forward to conference this year.

To looking better, and sharper.

 

 

 

Rick Mills

Life Abundant Niagara

Niagara on the Lake

Ontario

2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

Posted on Jan 16 2016 by Gary Mason

 

David & Jeanne McGrew

You may download the video here 2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

David and Jeanne McGrew pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and David is the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about Keystone Victoria by clicking here.

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Is a Balanced Life Possible?

Posted on Sep 18 2015 by Gary Mason

Previously we examined how unrealistic expectations and demands placed on pastors can lead to depression. In my last blog, we discussed the importance of vacation time and its positive impact on pastors. This blog will discuss creating balance in your daily schedules. Without a healthy work-life balance and periodic rest, the result can be frustration, relationship difficulties, burn out or workaholicism.

Being aware that your life lacks balance will help you contemplate on which aspects are non-existent in your life and should be added and what should be lessened or removed. It’s not about striving to live a balanced life but rather it is about reflection and examination of your schedule to carve out space for God, self, others and work activities. For many the idea of reflecting on their busy life is an exercise that further adds tension and frustration. You could allow this exercise to frustrate or discourage you but I would suggest that this can be a positive experience.

One useful tool that I employ in my practice when working with pastors and other professionals is the Balance Schema Assignment which identifies the aspects of daily living that need to be considered. It is not about finding a perfect balance in all aspects and categories. Many have done this exercise and commented on how helpful it was in determining where change can be achieved in personal schedules and the creation of space for essential aspects of life. If you are interested in obtaining this exercise please request it through the space provided at the bottom of the blog.

When reflecting on your daily schedule, you will find yourself wondering which activities are time wasters that are diminishing productivity. You will also determine how you can create space for God, times of leisure, physical activity, connecting with your primary relationships and work activity. After doing the exercise and implementing the deemed changes you will have more productivity, and experience deeper relationships with God and others. Isn’t that what bringing balance to your life is all about?

 

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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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Vacation Time

Posted on Aug 26 2015 by Gary Mason

At this time of year many seats are unoccupied in churches due to people being away on vacation. Pastors (and their families) need vacations too and time apart from the day to day duties. In the last blog, there was a checklist of warning signs that help determine whether a vacation is needed or if issues require the help of a therapist. Let’s look at the criteria from a mental health perspective that you may help you with the decision to take a vacation.

Problems

There will always be problems to work through and pastors have their share of helping church members as they try to cope. A warning sign is when small problems excessively irritate or overwhelm you. Other signs are lowered levels of motivation, passion, productivity and energy. Even helping church memberswith problem solving becomes excessively tiring and is avoided.

Colleagues

Coworkers and colleagues can sometimes identify that a vacation is necessary because you will be demonstrating signs that indicate you are not your usual self. Often individuals become cranky, irritable, quiet, or impatient with others in a way that is not characteristic of the usual behaviour. Your coworkers are cognizant of these signs because of the amount of time that they spend with you observing you in everyday situations.

Workplace Functionality

When someone is experiencing chronic stress, workplace blunders and poor decisions occur on a regular basis. This is problematic because it affects reputation, sense of purpose, lessens capacity to strategize and diminishes vision casting. Your staff or church members can lose trust in your competency as a pastor. Further, procrastination can result from a history of poor functionality because you may not want to even attempt at making changes or decisions.

Physical Signs

Stress in your work environment or lack of vacation influences your physical well being. It is linked to backaches, headaches, inflammation, stomach aches, and pain susceptibility. Sleep is also negatively affected. Sometimes the people who need the most sleep due to work stress or family situations are those who have insomnia or disrupted sleep.

Emotions Indicators

One indicator that a vacation is needed is when your emotional responses to life situations are dissimilar to your usual responses. For example you may notice that your sense of humour is almost non-existent or laughter is forced or in short supply. Stories that would have produced a hearty laugh from you no longer seem that funny. Some people have a lower threshold to crying or angry bouts while others experience emotional numbness.

So if after reading this you feel like a vacation is due begin to make plans. If for financial reasons you cannot have the vacation you would like to have don’t let that stop you from being creative! Even short weekends away can do a lot of good. Maybe house trading with a friend in another city could help.Vacation is all about getting away from the daily schedule and having a time apart.

Remember that a vacation or time away gives you opportunities for reflective time that sometimes is not part of your busy schedule. Time spent in contemplative prayer, meditation and reading the scriptures will draw you closer to God and deepen your relationship. The time away will benefit you in all areas of your life and well being. Go ahead, start making plans today!

 

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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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Introduction – Why wait for crisis?

Posted on Aug 11 2015 by Gary Mason

In this first blog for CFCM I would like to introduce myself. I am an ordained minister with CFCM, an individual, couple and family therapist and am married to a minister for 37 years (married young!). In my clinical practice I have listened to many clergy and clergy couples as they shared about their challenges, heartbreaks, and desire for a better life. Counselling is often accessed in the midst of a crisis or when an ultimatum is stated. Why does it take a crisis to bring pastors to the counselling room? Is there still a perceived stigma about seeking out counselling when needed or as a preventative measure? Unfortunately I think so. I believe that with a change in attitude to counselling more pastors will seek help with greater ease and more frequently.

Pastors have always had unique challenges in their professional and personal lives simply because of the nature of the profession. They experience the challenges of average individuals but theirs may be more apparent due to their availability to the public Furthermore, rapid changes in society and technology have increased the challenges pastors face. These challenges affect all aspects of pastors’ lives and there are issues and concerns as a result.

So how do pastors ascertain that it is time to seek professional counselling? What are the early warning signs, both obvious and not as obvious, that help is needed?  Here’s a checklist of early warning signs:

  • feelings of hopelessness
  • emotional numbness
  • lowered  motivation, passion, productivity and energy
  • contact with people, especially church members, is very tiring
  • cynical in many areas
  • less sense of humour or laughter
  • self medicating or substance abuse
  • unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • easily angered
  • changes in sleep patterns or length
  • increase in relational issues with spouse or family
  • wishing could run away from everything

After reading the list if you were able to check off a few areas then probably a good rest or vacation is in order. If however you could identify with half or more of the list counselling is needed. As always it is important to have a medical prognosis to determine if there are underlying physical issues. In the next few blogs, I will discuss some practical steps on how to deal with issues that pastors are facing.

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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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A Unique Birth

Posted on Jul 21 2015 by Gary Mason

GOD told her, two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger. When her time to give birth came, sure enough, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish, as if snugly wrapped in a hairy blanket; they named him Esau (Hairy). His brother followed, his fist clutched tight to Esau’s heel; they named him Jacob (Heel). Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. Gen 25:23-26 Msg

How can we understand our progression forward as a country until we can first understand the events that surround our birth? Jacob’s birth identified him and set as a template the pattern to which he would function and relate to those around him. What makes us as Canadians different in our culture and in our understanding of life as compared to those in other countries? The answer, I believe lies in the events that surround our birth. I am not speaking of the events that encompass confederation but rather looking back to an event in time that would orchestrate a uniting together out of a necessity for purpose. The event I speak of would be the circumstances that surround the War of 1812.

It was October 1995, just one week before the Quebec Referendum. I was at the National CFCM Conference in Ottawa. With the referendum just days away, the thoughts of the future of Canada were certainly on the forefront of my mind. During that conference we heard many good speakers but there was one session that grasped my heart more than any other. It was a brother who pastored in Quebec, and though I don’t remember his name, his words are forever embedded into my heart. This man shared that our understanding of history is based upon whose writings you would have read. Being that I am an Anglophone, I was raised by the Anglophone version of the War of 1812. I thought I understood this war and its happenings only to find out that mine was a limited perception. This brother shared the Francophone version of the events which caused my eyes to see and understand things in a new light. He told us how the Anglophone, Francophone and First Nations stood together as one for the purpose of defending our land. In fact I recall him telling us that a covenant was made between the parties and it went something like this. “That we would unite together as distinct nations under the banner of one country for the purpose of defeating the adversary and holding a new land.”

We were birthed in diversity for purpose and through our years we have fought at times the very thing that makes us Canadian. Our natural history and culture greatly affects our spiritual viewpoint and understanding. Diversity is not a weakness, it is that which makes us strong! It is that diversity for purpose that unites us together and helps to define us. We are not our brothers just south of the border, we are not the great melting pot. Our identity as a nation consists that of a stew, and as one would know a good homemade stew offers a diversity of taste in every bite. I have come to a place in my life where I can thank God daily that not everyone thinks like me. I am thankful for the unique perspectives that my brothers and sisters offer. Where I am weak, they are strong and if they are strong then through my relationship with them, I then become strong.

Throughout our land we see the Kingdom of God manifesting and moving forward yet there is no pattern, there is no formula. Here you will find brothers and sisters uniting together as distinct nations under the banner of one Christ for the purpose of defeating the adversary and holding a new land.

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Mike Wlodarczyk is the pastor of The Rainbow Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Find out more about them by clicking here.

 

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“The Hijacking of the Bereans”

Posted on Jul 06 2015 by Gary Mason

By Jonathan Bounds

If only the Bereans could see the future, I’m sure they’d be thrilled. Few cities in early church history enjoy the enviable reputation of this first century group of believers. Their brief cameo in the book of Acts, consisting of but six verses, has for centuries made their name synonymous with nobility of mind and depth of character. With the exception of the fact that they were perhaps included in Paul’s boasting in the churches of Macedonia in his second letter to the Corinthians, the only direct reference to them in Scripture is found in the 17th chapter of Acts.  The verse that has won them such renown in modern Christianity is found in verse 11, where Luke writes,

“Now these were more noble- minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”  Acts 17:11 (NASB)

Here’s where we run into the crux of the problem; It would seem that their reputation has been somewhat hijacked. In our modern age, what comes to mind when the name Berean is mentioned is the idea of never truly committing to a truth before you have examined it for yourself, always maintaining a “healthy” skepticism when it comes to any sermon, book, or other medium of revelation. While we all agree that it is absolutely necessary to let the Scripture be our final authority, not allowing ourselves to be tossed around by “every wind and wave of doctrine”, it is quite possible that many have found themselves taking the concept all the way to the ditch on the other side of the road.

If you were to do a quick internet search of the term “Bereans”, you would doubtless find it attached to another hijacked word; “discernment”. While discernment is a thoroughly Biblical concept, the foreign concept when looking into Scripture is the idea of “discernment ministries” existing solely to expose false doctrines and those that would disseminate such teachings.  Sure, we would all affirm that discernment is a vital tool in every believer’s life, as attested to in many places all over the New Testament.  However, this brand of ministry has often found itself outside the Biblical description of “discerning of Spirits”, and “discerning between good and evil”, and has turned into a veritable witch hunt. What seems to be contrary to Scripture is the idea that a person in the Body of Christ would be able to claim that the core of their gifting and mission is to ferret out the false teachers, the charlatans, and the cults. Any student of the Scripture would agree that in these last days, it will be imperative for believers and especially leaders to be able to expose and refute the multitude of false teachings and errant doctrines that we were warned would be rampant in our time, but the idea that this is independent of the discerning, preaching, and manifestation of the truth of the gospel is likely an error in its own right.

We all have probably encountered that individual, in person or online, who feels it is their responsibility to expose the frauds. In my personal experience, it is impossible for this person to keep an open heart to the things of God for very long when engaged in this type of “ministry” alone. When one’s ministry is defined by identifying and exposing wrong doctrine, cults, and the like, it is a virtually inevitable result that this person will arrive at the point where they no longer “rejoice in the truth” as described in 1 Corinthians 13, but rather begin to “rejoice in unrighteousness”, as their very ministry depends on it. It is also nearly unavoidable that they would continue such a ministry for any sustained period of time without succumbing to the trappings of pride and spiritual arrogance. In my time years ago as an assistant manager of a Christian bookstore, I would occasionally encounter customers that upon entering the store, would usually make a beeline for the “cults” section, which in moderation could be very helpful, always looking to expand their substantial library of resources with the latest exposé of the modern “doctrines of demons”. Such a person begins to flip through the latest Christian best-sellers, not looking for edification or revelation, but rather with a hope that they will find error, and with such an attitude, it is usually a foregone conclusion that they will find something to satisfy their hunger. Far too often, the modern self-identifying Berean rarely listens to a sermon eager to draw closer to Christ, but rather places themselves in the seat of the critic, examining the speaker’s every point, watching for error, their Bible now used as a legal text with which to refute the errant and expose the unlearned.  This, however, was not the picture we see of the Bereans in Acts 17.

It is important to note that Luke does not write simply that the Bereans were noble-minded, but rather that they were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica. To properly understand this statement, we must look at the city that they were being placed in contrast to. Earlier in Acts 17, we are told that while in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul followed his usual pattern of first visiting the synagogue and preaching the gospel to the Jews before going to the Gentiles of the city. The trouble with the Thessalonian synagogue was that while many Jews and God-fearing Greeks believed and were saved, the leaders of the synagogue became jealous and violently opposed the apostles and their message, going so far as to form a mob and drag some of the prominent believers of the city in front of the city authorities, accusing them of the grave crime of treason. When some ministers expound on the verse speaking of the Bereans as being more noble-minded, the implication that we’re often led to is that the Bereans are somehow being compared to a group of naive simpletons who blindly accepted whatever they heard without having the spiritual maturity or intellectual integrity to fact-check it for themselves. Upon reading it in its context, we find that Luke’s account presents a different contrast altogether. The Bereans are being compared to a group of people that were closed and hardened to this new message being presented to them, and jealous at the followers it was attracting. They weren’t willing to allow for the possibility that the message being proclaimed was a fulfillment of the very Scripture that they claimed to hold so dear, and resisted the notion that Jesus Christ Himself was at the very heart of their beloved law and prophets. Once again in verse 11, we see Luke state that the proof of the Bereans’ noble minds was not that they received the word with skepticism, but rather with “great eagerness”.  He does not imply that they examined the Scriptures hoping to disprove the apostles, but rather, that they did so daily in order to “see that these things were so.” It seems that they received this new message with an open heart and were excited to find that the Christ the apostles preached was the Messiah they had read and heard about all their lives; the very same Messiah whose presence in the Scripture now must have virtually jumped off the page at them as they examined the sacred writings with fresh eyes and open hearts.

It is without dispute that any form of revelation that is preached, prophesied, or written, must always be judged and measured by the Scripture, especially in these days where “itching ears” and false teachers are so prevalent. I too get suspicious when I hear of “new revelation” that exists independent of the authority of Scripture. What we can’t afford to lose in this state of alertness is the need for eager hearts that see the Scripture as the living and active Word of God, the truest source of edification for every believer, a revealer of Jesus, and not merely a weapon to dispel a supposed opponent. We should be open to the idea that this very living Word of God will likely confront some of our long-held traditions or belief-systems on occasion; and if it is indeed of God, we would be the better for it. Believers who seek to grow in righteous discernment must remember that we are taught not only to discern error, but even more importantly, to discern truth, remembering Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian believers admonishing us that while we must examine everything carefully and abstain from every form of evil, at the end of the day, we must hold fast to what is good. Come to think of it, we may owe the Bereans an apology.

Jonathan BoundsJonathan Bounds is the pastor of The Word Church in both Loon Lake, Saskatchewan and in Lloydminster, Alberta.

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April 2015 Video Message from David McGrew

Posted on Apr 11 2015 by Gary Mason

April 2015 video greeting from David McGrew.

David McGrew is pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about him by clicking here.

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Profits of Joy

Posted on Mar 30 2015 by Gary Mason

We all have them.

We want them to change. To grow. Be different.

Sometimes, we just simply want them to leave.

You know who I’m talking about…your heart sinks just a little, almost imperceptibly,  when you see the person in church Sunday morning. When his number comes up on call display, or her email arrives in the inbox you find yourself becoming apprehensive as your heart rate increases. Thoughts like, “What’s wrong now?” or “what are we going to disagree on now?” flood the mind. “Is this the one where they list all the reasons why they’re justified in leaving.”

It’s their calls you let through to voicemail even though time and place permit the conversation but you prefer to first listen to the message hoping to harvest hints of their purpose.

I’m thinking of the ones you have imaginary “corrective” conversations with in your mind trying to rehearse what you’ll say to them. What they’ll say to you in response and then in turn, your reply. They’re the ones with you when your head hits the pillow and then again in the morning before it’s lifted. You know the people you bring with you into the shower, in your thoughts, as you get ready to start the day.

Sometimes they give you a momentary reprieve but you’ve learned that quiet seasons bring little relief as the clouds are simply refuelling to once again rain on your parade.

A few years back (but closer than I care to admit) I was in the middle of my own mental malaise and thinking to myself it would be easier and I would be a lot happier if they just submitted themselves and obeyed like the Word tells them. “Don’t they know I have to give an account for how I watched over their souls?”

Obviously I was thinking about Hebrews 13:17 so I opened my bible for a fresh review expecting to receive some clarity and justification for my personal heaviness. You know you’re in trouble when you read for review and not revelation. I wanted them to change, submit and obey or in other words, do their part so I could find some joy in being their pastor.

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

(Hebrews 13:17 NKJV)

What I read though, thankfully being from a different perspective, changed my life. I’m grateful for those times when I’m reading the same words but the Holy Spirit reveals yet another layer exposing a greater depth of truth.

The words “Let them do so with joy” leaped off of the page. Who was them? Well, that was me. Ok, leadership is to serve with joy. Then I realized something else. The profit that God seeks in the people on a significant level is dependant upon my heart being filled with joy. My joy produces their profit. Here’s the truth I took away…no joy in the leader is an unprofitable investment for the people. Ouch.

As leaders, we have a responsibility to maintain our joy because an absence of it creates an infertile environment. Without it there’s little excitement, expectation and momentum in you and soon the people. We won’t see the desired growth in our people until we change how we see them.

In many of Paul’s epistles within the first few verses (often by v.3) he says something like “I thank God whenever I think of you” or “ I do not cease to give thanks for you.” The litmus test as to whether we’re beat and just going through the joyless motions is whether or not we’re truly thankful for the people. The moment we first think of them.

Does our heart leap with joy in their presence possessing a confident expectation that God is at work in them finishing the work He’s started? I’m convinced that the more time I spend in simple gratitude and thanksgiving for the people that attend the church (even those who’ve left) the healthier my relationships are with them. Our joy and thankfulness build the necessary trust and respect needed for people to risk investing their hearts and lives with you. Trust me their guards are up if they sense you want them to make the commitment of “marriage’ without first experiencing the joys of courtship. Nobody wants to spend their life with a grouch.

Verily, verily I say unto you (I’ve always wanted to say that) it’s vital we see our joy being independent of the people and how they receive and respond to us. Meaning, just like we teach our people that their joy is independent of their circumstances we too must play by the same rule. If I’m truly in faith for the people then I’m looking at not what is seen but was is unseen. My faith and confidence and therein my joy is not based on their current mindsets and attitudes but on the completed work of Christ. For the joy set before us let us endure the moment because we see through to the other side and the great reward and resource that our people truly are.

I’m a newbie grand father.

When my grandkids come to visit all I do is laugh. When I’m alone with them and no one’s looking (sometimes when they are) I just sit and giggle at everything they do. This is in spite of the fact that when they come it costs me money, the house is in disarray, I get less sleep, I’m constantly cleaning up after them, they don’t always do what their told, need to be disciplined, the aroma from their diapers…the list goes on.

None of that matters.

They’re mine and I will gladly put up with all of it for the joys of spending time watching over them, praying for them, and dreaming about who they’ll become. I realize that all the other stuff just comes with the package and it really is nobody’s fault.

I’m joyfully investing in them now because I know there’s a day coming when I’ll realize the profit.

Craig Byers is pastor of Chilliwack Keystone Church in Chilliwack, BC and the CFCM District Director for British Columbia.

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Be found doing something…

Posted on Mar 25 2015 by Gary Mason

Matthew 4:17-19: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Here’s an interesting thought, Jesus never called lazy people who were not doing anything. He did not say, “Well, I see you don’t have anything better to do today, so I’ll just call you to follow Me.”  Matthew was sitting at the seat of customs doing his job.  He was busy.  Peter and Andrew were casting their nets out there into the sea. And Jesus was saying in verse 19: “Follow Me and I will teach you how to catch men” (my paraphrase).

Sometimes people are sitting waiting for Jesus to call them and doing nothing in the meantime.  Perhaps He is waiting for us to begin doing something so that He can direct us into His purpose for our lives.  It’s easier to direct someone already in motion than it is to get them up and moving when they are sitting doing nothing.

Let’s make a decision to do something. Witnessing on the street, praying with others, ushering in church, volunteering at the local hospital, it could be anything.  But let’s be found doing something for The Kingdom when Jesus comes to invite us into our life’s purpose.

Gary Mason is pastor of Medicine Hat Family Church in Medicine Hat, Alberta and the CFCM Southern Alberta Area Director.

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