Think about things that get stuck: You in traffic, toilets, etc. As unpleasant as it is to get stuck, there are a lot of people living life exactly like that—stuck in a rut. In Core Value #1 we learn our faith is in God, not the process or method. If we understand that it is God who is sovereign, not a particular method, we will have an easier time moving forward with God instead of getting stuck in our comfortable traditions.
Core Value #2: We move forward with God, avoiding ruts.
Even the way God created our bodies demonstrates that we were designed for forward movement. Our knees bend in such a way for us to move forward. Our eyes are in the front of our head. Even our ears face forward. Trying running backwards…it’s awkward. Sooner or later you will stumble and fall. Why then do we think we can get “stuck” as a church and not stumble and fall?
A new work eventually becomes a tradition, leading us to become traditionalists, valuing the method more than we value God, IF we aren’t willing to move forward with God.
Hindrances that keep us from moving forward with God:
Fear: We don’t trust God.
Comfort: We don’t feel God because we are enjoying our comfort zone.
Pride: We know more than God.
So how can we have victory in our life and move forward with God?
Faith. If fear is not trusting God, then faith IS trusting God. We also have to be willing to move out of our comfort zone. I’d rather be uncomfortable with God than cushy comfy without Him! Also, we move forward when we have humility, an attitude that says God knows more than me. Finally, we need to refocus if our focus is on anything other than Jesus (Matthew 6:33).
Don’t get stuck in a rut! Jesus promised abundant life (John 10:10); so go and enjoy your life.
Jeremy Gates is senior pastor of Wright Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach and former pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Titusville since 2006. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a master’s in church music, and he holds a Ph.D. in clinical Christian Counseling degree from Cornerstone University in Lake Charles, La.
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