by davidputman | March 17th, 2011
Today I got up and sat in my favorite chair. There was a chill in the air so I started a fire. I pick up my journal and prayed,”Dear Father…show me your way.” I sensed immediately the Father speaking to me. Last night I read a blog that really captures what happens when you loose your religion and rediscover the simplicity of Jesus and his ways. It was from a pastor I know in downtown Atlanta named Shaun King. Shaun is a passionate young leader who is making a difference in many ways. I first became aware of him when he blasted the conference we do on our blog. This lead to a conversation and later an invitation to speak at our churchplanters.com conference. I am so proud of what Jesus is doing in his heart. It connects so much with what I see for the church. Make sure you read his post, It’s True: I’m preaching my last sermon series at Courageous Church.
Back to my morning…the minute I ask our Father to show me his way he spoke. I thought of Shaun’s blog. It was as if the Father said, “I have already spoke to you.” I went back to the blog and read through it again only this time slowly. I am so encouraged by what I hear. Like Shaun you don’t have to do it his way or this way, but God help us to become more like Jesus as individuals and I’m convinced as we do our churches will transform as well. I know they will. Our churches are a reflection of who we are. They are probably the clearest reflection of who we are.
I’m not trying to teach you something this morning for today I became the student once again. However, here is what I want you to see. When you ask God to show you his way, he will and he does. Expect in this religious detox to see God more clearly, hear him louder, and understand him in ways that you previously hadn’t. God is beginning to be so loud after two days of religious detox. No, I’m beginning to listen and watch more for him.
- If you are just getting your book read “getting started” and chapter 1. I’m reading chapter 2, but part of detoxing is not moving to fast. You will have time to catch up over the weekend. We will take time to catch up and reflect on Saturday and Sunday.
- Read chapter 3 of Matthew.
- Read this blog (daily).
- Read Shaun’s Blog Post.
- Ask God to “Show you his way”.
- Journal what he is showing you through his word, my book, and in life experiences.
- Encourage others by commenting on my blog, twitting, and facebooking.