I believe God has set a challenge before us at Redemption City Church that both amazes and scares me. 10 in 10! Some combination of 10 church plants or sites in the next 10 years. All I can say is, “Wow, Lord.”
How did we get here? How do we get to the place where we can say, ”Yes Lord” to a prophetic challenge like that?
As a young believer/leader, I honestly thought those that lead me had lost their minds. They kept asking me to take on tasks, that it seemed only I knew how unqualified I was to achieve. Yet the requests kept coming. The tasks and the challenges kept getting bigger. I remember being asked to preach at Glenridge in Durban, South Africa, then Chris coming to me a few weeks later asking me to preach again. I had to be honest with him and say, “You’re going to have to give me a few weeks, I preached everything I knew last time.” Seems like a joke, but it is absolutely true. I’m grateful today that those that lead me kept challenging me and kept giving me tasks that were beyond my gifting and capacity at the time. I felt completely unqualified to lead a Connect group, preach the Gospel, serve on an eldership team, plant a church, serve on the NCMI team and move internationally … and in some ways I still do! I thank God that there were those men and women around who constantly and consistently spoke into my life, challenging me to say ”Yes Lord” when we were convinced that God had spoken. One of our favorite scriptures of late is simply ”You lead me, by my right hand.” (Psalm 73) As I look back over the last 25 years or so of ministry, I would like to say that this is my testimony, my story, and my joy. God has lead me by my right hand. That should everyone’s testimony, story, and joy, God leading us.
Of this I’m convinced, that if we desire to grow in the grace of God, if we’re going to grow as individuals or churches in increase, impact, and influence, we’re going to have to allow God to lead us. We’re going to have to allow Him to lead us to tasks, challenges, and situations that completely challenge or overwhelm us. However, if He’s leading us then He will see us through.
This is how the rest of that scripture goes: “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:23-26 NIV)
10 in 10. Some combination of 10 church plants or sites in the next ten years… Lead us by our right hand Lord.
Until next time,