While we’ve been off campus developing a team of ministry partners (because “support raising” erroneously implies I’m more about the dollars than the relationships), I have noticed a recurring theme popping up in my life.
I am living in anticipation of the next stage of life, which indicates a lack of understanding of the gospel.
Let me explain. I frequently think things like “once I’ve raised the support, things will be better,” or “if my son grows up to be a godly man who leads people to Christ (or at least a godly man who plays point guard for the Tar Heels), then I’ll be complete.” I’d never really verbalize those thoughts in exactly that way, but I am prone to making plans under the faulty assumption that I don’t currently have all that I need (or could ever want!) in Christ.
I think “if I got a book deal and a speaking tour, then I’d be worth something…” or “if I led worship at a church full-time, then I’d be living the dream.” All the while, I forget the gospel. Like an alcoholic going back to the fridge for another beer, I’m convinced that this next _________ will change things. It’ll make it all better.
But I have all I need in Christ.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Ephesians 1:3 (check the verb tense)
2 Peter 1:3
What’s filling Christ’s blank in your life?