From The Pastor’s Heart – October 24, 2018
We had an amazing time at the Men’s Life Encounter last weekend. As always, God showed up and showed off. It was a powerful time where 25 men from our network encountered Jesus in a personal way. I think it is safe to say that none of us will ever be the same as we were before we went. I was struck right away with the opening verse of the Encounter. It was from Ephesians 5:15-16:
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity…
Life is filled with countless opportunities. How many times have you had the chance to do something new but backed off because of fear of the unknown? And how many times have you looked back and regretted the fact that you let the opportunity slip by?
We looked at Zacchaeus as an example of someone who did not let an opportunity slip by him. He did not let his limitation of being short keep him from experiencing what Jesus had for him. He was desperate to see Jesus; so desperate that he pushed past his limitation in order to find out what Jesus had for him.
How often do we let our perceived limitations hold us back from making the most of every opportunity? I encourage you to think about what, if anything, is holding you back from doing what God is calling you to do. Those limitations may come in the form of fear, bitterness, unforgiveness, or some other emotion or perception of yourself. Will you let that thing hold you back from pursuing God’s plan for you? Zacchaeus didn’t and as a result he encountered Jesus and was transformed.
Like Zacchaeus, you can expect to be transformed if you become desperate enough to overcome your limitations and pursue Jesus and what He has for you. You may not be at an Encounter, but Jesus will meet you where you are. He will take you places you never thought you could go. He will heal you, empower you, and lead you into His plan for your life if you will pursue Him.
You will have a chance to hear from a couple of the men who were at the encounter as well as our returning missionaries from Liberia on Sunday morning. See you then.
Have a blessed week!