Thirty minutes with a guy that I have just met is not a lot of time to give him credibility and listen to his words. But Joe, earned trust in a matter of seconds. It was his spirit, his humble spirit. It is his uselessness, humble, kingdom minded spirit that was apparent and drew me in. This was Joe’s first lesson he gave me and I saved it for last.
I have been looking for a full time job in the ministry and getting frustrated as time goes by. I’m ready! As I finished introducing myself, I told Joe I had graduated seminary a few months earlier and looking for a job. “I just am tired of waiting”, I sai
d. In his mellow, South African / Australian, deep voice he said…
“Waiting is hard, but you can’t have plans for God.”
So why do so many of us try to plan out how we are going to do ministry? How we are going to restore the church? How we are going to …
Joe continued. Noah didn’t have a plans to build a boat and definitely no plans on how to build an ark. God provided the wood and the plans on how to build the ark. Then He provided the animals and the rain, remember, God even shut the door. Noah was not involved in the plans, he just had to show up.
Moses didn’t have any plans of freeing Israel from Egypt, that would be ludicrous. God made
the plans, gave him the words and the miracles. What are Moses’ plans when he gets to the Red Sea, nope he doesn’t have any, God did. How does Moses plan to feed a
n entire nation in the middle of the desert, he had no plans, God did. Ten Commandments…God. How about building the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant. Moses was given all the plans by God,
who provided all the material. Even Moses’ kid, God had the plan, Moses’ plan messed up.
An entire army bearing down on Israel and mocking them. Does Saul have a plan? Nope. God Does. Example after example, over and over again, it’s God’s plans. How about saving Christians from Saul’s (Paul’s) wrath. No plans there, but God shows up and not only stops Paul from harming believers, sends Paul out to bring the message to Gentiles. Bet that was never on Paul’s radar. What are the disciples to do, Jesus is gone and they have no plans. That’s right, God has plans and saves thousands with one sermon from Peter.
Here was Joe’s question to me, “Why is it that we try to make plans to grow a church? Is it not our job to just show up and do God’s plan?”
“And I tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my church,”
Who is building who’s church? Jesus will build His church. It is not our job to build the church, that’s Jesus’ job, God’s plan. Our job is to follow God’s plan.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“Jesus will build his church if we are making disciples.”
That’s the plan. Jesus will build his church if we are making disciples.
Originally Posted August 2nd, 2009
© Jonathan Haley Uhrig 2014