I believe it is good to stop every once in a while and do an evaluation of life. How are things really going? I also know that part of that evaluation is thinking about all of the lessons I am currently learning. I believe God is teaching us all kinds of lessons. The question is, “Are we learning what God is teaching us?”
So here are some of the lessons God has been placing in my life. They might touch on something you have learned in the past or are presenting learning.
1. Act With Purpose. God has really been pressing on me that if I want to achieve a certain set of results then I need to do the actions that will achieve that goal. If I want to know my Bible better, then I need to have a plan to accomplish that and then act on it. If I want my children to grow up and follow the Lord then I need to talk to people who have achieved that goal, develop a plan and then take the necessary steps to make that happen. If the Church wants to reach unbelievers then we need to find out the best way to do that, develop a plan and then do what is necessary. Having a clear purpose is helpful in every area of life.
2. The Value of Writing Daily. I am amazed at the number of people who have told me that this blog is helpful. (Thanks for that by the way.) The deeper truth is that it is helpful to me. It helps me to think clearing and forces me to communicate my faith in a clear way. It has been a real double blessing.
3. The Need for Strong Men in Church. I appreciate all that women bring to ministry but the Church is always at its best when men are leading their families in a Godly manner. When men assume their God-given role as leader in their marriage, their family and their Church something happens that is powerful and inspiring. Unfortunately there is a real void of male leadership everywhere. I am learning that reaching men (especially young men) is different from reaching women. The Church needs to be ever trying to reach men – our world will be better for it.
4. The Truth of 3 John 1:4. This verse says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” There are a lot of things that bring me joy. I love to fish, hunt and metal detect. There is nothing that I do in life that brings me as much joy as watching my children makes good and Godly decisions. I do not care if my children ever hold a trophy that says they are the best at any activity. I do care that they develop into Godly men who follow Jesus at all costs.
5. The Power of God. It ceases to amaze me the number of times that God shows up at just the right time. He provided my family with safety in travel, in the provision of a house, in the finances that continue to pay bills, in a thousand ways everyday and He still shows up every week to touch people’s lives with my words. It is said that God is never late, but He is seldom early. When that moment comes that I need God to show up or my venture will fail, He shows up and all of my worry was in vain. There is often this gap in my life between saying I trust God and actually trusting Him. Those moments when I do step out He demonstrates his power in my life.
Those are some of the big lessons that I am learning. What is God teaching you? Don’t let another lesson go by that you are not attentive to His teaching.