Answers from the Outside

I recently have been interviewing for the senior pastor position at local churches. One in particular was attractive to me because I have been going there off and on for the past two years or so and it is very close to my house. It all seemed too good to be true. However, most likely it was too good to be true. The church is having many issues including leadership rifts, a recent split, financial troubles, and a lack of transparency at times. It took other pastors, friends, and seminarians to ask me if I really thought that was where God wanted me. I though He did, but after considering what they said, it seemed that there were more fitting opportunities elsewhere. We have to remember that discernment comes not only from within via the Holy Spirit, but it can also come from other believers who have our best interests at heart. So, when God uses others to give us answers, we have to make sure not to be so busy hearing our own voice that we miss the message!

In closing, I want to pass these lyrics along that someone recently sent to me from Jars of Clay:

Cast off the robes you’re wearing,
Set aside the names you’ve been given.
May this place of rest in teh fold of your journey
Bind you to hope, you will never walk alone.
In the shelter of each other, we will live, we will live,
Your arms are all around us.

I hope that all of you can find those resting places along your journey to refresh and make sense of everything!

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