“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
1 Corinthians 14:40
God is not the Author of confusion but of peace and unity. He takes those who are poles apart on earth and brings them together in Christ, to belong to the same family, to sit at the same communion table, to pass through the same waters of baptism, and to worship and serve side by side. It is unimaginable that we should be able to do these things effectively and with unity and peace except that God leads us.
His leading us is first within our hearts. He changes our priorities, our feelings, our values, our perspectives, and our temperaments. He softens that which is hard and creates compassion in hearts that were previously cold. We find ourselves moved by the needs of others and not just consumed by our own interests. We begin to have a vision of what He can do through our lives and get excited about the possibility of making a difference. The first need for a people that will become generous and giving to others will be a spirit of compassion and knowledge of the will of God.
His leading is also experienced in the practical working out of problems. This is possible because of a new respect and appreciation for one another He plants within our hearts. The Spirit enables us to resolve things, to see solutions where before we saw none, to find peace with one another where there was conflict previously. He keeps us on track in terms of vision and priorities when we follow Him.
From time to time people ask me what is my vision for the church. Let me be clear that as pastor of the church I have no right to assert my own vision for the church for this church does not belong to me. The only right I have, and really this is an obligation, is to pray to receive and perceive and share the vision that God has for our church. The members also do not have the right to choose their vision over Christ’s vision. Church is to be all about knowing and doing the will of God. And in so doing we find unity, vision, peace, divine enabling, love, excitement, anticipation, and joy.
Lord, we lift up those individuals in our churches and in Christian ministries that deal with the finances. Often they see the worst in people and face daunting and seeming insurmountable challenges in the realm of finances for ministry. We pray for wisdom and peace and patience and a vision of Your will. Meet the financial needs of ministry that Your work may continue. Amen.