From the Pastor’s Desk

When Milestones Become Crossroads

 Tomorrow I will put on my cap and gown, hear my name called, walk across the stage and receive my Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Boyce College. The Joy of finishing Hebrew 2 is enough to make me explode. My church will be celebrating Saturday with a Graduation party, my wife and children will be happy to play with Daddy instead of watching me toil in the office. Today at the rehearsal nearly everybody (people I’ve never met) asked me the same question, “What’s next?” They all asked me if I was going to pursue a Masters of Divinity, what school would I choose, what program would I go into next, what church would I serve at? With every question about the unknown the joy of completing my Bachelor’s was slowly leaving me like a balloon with a pin pricked hole at the top. All my hours of work seemed meniscal, as if it were lying in the shadows of what true achievement should be. What would I do next? Where would I go? Would I stay at my Bi-vocational church? Would I pour more resources, time, money, and my very soul into furthering my education? Suddenly I felt lost. Most Milestones in life are met with the same question, “What’s next?” As soon as you find a good girl you’ll be asked, “When’s the wedding?” Inevitably at your wedding you will be asked, “When’s the baby?” On and on it goes.   Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I WILL be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Our culture does not have a slow lane. Everything moves a hundred miles an hour. To be still in our culture is to be ineffective, if you’re being still someone will pass you up. When we are at a cross road in life or stuck with the question, “what now?” It’s best to simply be still for a season. This Godly stillness is not doing anything it’s not ineffective. This stillness reorients our mind, corrects our sails, checks our motives, and gets our eyes fixed upon the exalted one. If you live to exalt your own name, then you can’t be still. If my aim is to exalt myself then I must remain busy, It takes a lot of work to stay at the center of your universe. IF I exist to exalt God I must wait upon him, seek his guidance, direction, and calling. It may seem silly to remind yourself that God is God but never underestimate your natural ability to forget that timeless truth.  When considering what path to take wait, pray, fast, seek and check your motives.  If your motives are pure, meaning you live for the all satisfying supremacy of God in all things, then God will show you the way. If your motives are Evil I pray that every door is slammed in your face. I pray that if I am not just wanting to have a selfish season of rest, while men go to hell then God would graciously reveal my error. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Most people forget about seeking the righteousness of God. God’s righteousness is always pure, He has only Holy motives. At every cross road in life a moment of quiet is good for the Soul. Listen for his voice- His sheep will inevitably listen and follow (John 10). He will speak to his sheep and guide them to the paths that he desires. Be proud of your accomplishments but never believe your work is done. Keep your eyes on Christ, listen only to him. His motives are the only ones you can trust without reserve. Thou art my only trust.