My heart and burden for us, God’s church, is that we would be near to God.
This desire is the desire that outweighs all other desires. God is what we need!
And lately, this is the strongest thought in my mind. I am not sure why. Maybe it is because we are at a crossroads for our church. Maybe it is because we are growing. Maybe it is because I know you all well. Maybe it is because I am near to your wins and losses and your encouragements and your discouragements. Maybe it is because God is about to move mightily in the life of our church.
Or maybe it is because I have been here so long that we may begin to get complacent. I sure hope not. We get complacent when we lose sight of God. When we lose perspective, we begin to go through the motions. We just attend. We don’t worship. We neglect our duties, our devotions and our disciplines. We get complacent when Jesus becomes routine for us. And this is scary. It concerns me for our church.
Too many churches have too many people who are involved but are not close to God. I do not want that to be us. And I do not want to pastor a church that is not close to God. I want to pastor God’s people. And God’s people are to be zealous for God, passionate about Jesus changing lives in the world. The Glory of God is an all-consuming fire, and I want to be a part of many, many people drawing close to God.
Please be warned to look for your sins. Find them. Address them. Repent of them. Turn from them. Look to Jesus. See how great He is. See how gracious and patient He is with us. Run to Him. Believe in Him. Go follow Him. Live a life that is an all out effort to get close to God.
Psalm 73:28 says “But for me it is good to be near God”
I challenge you to believe that verse and then to make that your life’s desire. James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Again, my desire is for us to be a church that helps people get near God. Let’s focus on that. You and me both. All of us together. May God draw near. May God bless us. May God fill us up.
I love you guys!
With all sincerity,
Pastor Josh Greene