Last night as I was teaching at our missional group (The Arena) I was complimentary and also cautious… thrilled at how incredible our group is at following our motto: [Today We LIVE! (Love Intentionally Value Everyone)] Our group is the most real, loving, caring family I have ever witnessed! We celebrate together and cry together… We are better together and broken together… It is an incredible picture of what the church is supposed to be!
So why the caution? The simple answer is because the caution is Biblical! (And my job is to teach and equip through the Bible.)
Do you see it? They are riding the tide of success and doing great. Paul says, “For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God.” Yet he knows, and I can prove it by the text, that they are in danger of getting complacent or stagnant. He realizes that they could easily lose sight of the end of the game… and he uses that realization to encourage them to stay focused.
3:10 “night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith.”
4:1 “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God.”
NOT SATISFIED WITH WHERE WE ARE BUT PUSHING FORWARD…
5:2 “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.”
…KNOWING THAT THE CLOCK COULD HIT (0:00) AT ANY TIME… GAME OVER!
Most that read this blog each week are probably doing a pretty good job things… but as a coach I urge you to, in the words of Coach John Wooden, “Move, move, move!” Let’s not let up but instead step up!
(Your humorous side note this week: One of my bloopers and blunders happened last night as I was teaching on this subject and folks asked what version I was reading from… they said it was way different than theirs; I barreled on through it as the verses I read still fit the idea I was trying to convey. Then as I started looking through the text again and prepping for the devo I realized I had read from 2 Thessalonians by mistake… so if you are from The Arena I am sorry for the confusion…)