Chosen to Abide and Rest
When I assumed the lead pastor role at a former church, one of the amazingly supportive couples in leadership sent me the following thoughts. The church was going through a grieving process over the loss of their previous pastor, always a tough situation for the incoming pastor.
When I received their note I sensed the presence of God in the words. Somehow I knew I’d need the assurance and confidence they would inspire within me. Now years later, I can see how true that has been. In fact, I find myself leaning upon these truths even today.
Last week I was meditating on John 15, and the Lord reiterated these same thoughts to my heart. Back in September (2012) when I went fulltime into my current ministry, Jesus spoke to me about abiding in Him, and He in me. That would be the key, I heard Him say. He would open doors, give me the wisdom I need, provide for our needs, and direct me clearly into the teachings He would have me share as I travel here and there.
All I can say is that He has been faithful, and I’m continuing to learn how to rest in Him.
I hope these words are a strength to you as well … rhema to your soul. God bless you.
“You are in God’s place at God’s perfect time. Your days are in His hands, and He is your future.
“He has gifted you and placed His hand upon you to bless you and make you a blessing.
“The burden of your ministry is not yours to carry—as you rest, He will work; as you abide, He will bring fruit; as you sow, He will give the increase.
“He is your shield and your exceeding great reward.” (Roy Lessin, from “God Has Chosen You.”)
We thank the Lord that He has called you to Himself, to your ministry, and to us. God Bless You.
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” — John 15:16 (King James Version)