“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” – Psalm 51:10-11
This is the Psalm King David wrote after Nathan the prophet confronted David about his affair with Bathsheba. Although the sin was terrible, the outcome of David’s heart toward God was beautiful. Just read Psalm 51 and see what a repentant heart looks like.
The repercussions of sin may be different depending on severity but, sin is sin no matter how big or small. And for the Christ follower, our lives will have no power if not dealt with. We must submit them over to the Lord daily at the same hour we pick up our cross.
For me personally, at this time of my life as a pastor called by God, I deal with the constant struggle of keeping the Lord Jesus as the center of all activity. You might think for a pastor that would be an easy thing, but it’s not. The modern day church is very focused on activity, and that can be good. Many times Jesus gets lost in the shuffle in all the activity. And for small churches, there is always the temptation to employ activities that may prove to get people in, but for what purpose? I find myself constantly asking “Is Jesus still enough?” I have come to this conclusion: If I have to implement schemes to get people in the seats, I will have to work harder to keep them in those seats.
I confess, it is a struggle but may my prayer be that of an old Puritan who wrote, “O let me never lose sight of my need of a Saviour, or forget that apart from Him I am nothing, and can do nothing.”
I do not know what our great God has put into the hearts of the wonderful pastors around me. I only know what God has put on my heart for Surrendered Church. It has always been to teach, to disciple and to send out so that we “Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.” (Prov. 24:11) What do you struggle with? Do you lay it down before Christ? Is Jesus still enough for you? May you confess your struggles and sins before Jesus as you pick up your cross today and be renewed!
“Our great need, then, is simply Jesus Christ. He is what we need. He has what we need. He knows what we need to know. He has the ability to do in us what we cannot do – working in us that which is well-pleasing in God’s sight.” – A.W. Tozer