I've been intentionally refraining from posting much on the blog over the past several weeks. Our family recently made a transition to another ministry--leaving behind a church body that we deeply love and care for and embracing a new work that has been set before us (by the way, I was recently told that nearly 70% of all pastor transitions happen because of conflict with the church. What a sweet privilege it is to be part of the 30%!).
In a few hours I will preach my first sermon as pastor of Grace Chapel. As with every occasion to preach, I am overwhelmed and trembling with the responsibility that lays before me in teaching God's Word, and ever conscious of Christ, whose name I am commanded to boldly proclaim. 'What is man that Thou art mindful of him?' Who is this preacher whom You, O God, would trust with this great task?
This morning my encouragement (and yours) is found in James 4:10, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.". I'm reminded of a Spurgeon quote, "Ah beloved! It is not high thoughts of ourselves that prove us to be Christians; it is lying humbly in the dust before the mercy-seat that is one of the sure signs that we are children of God."
So, Ohio----Good morning, be humbled before your God, and be lifted up in His presence.