Yesterday I spent the day with Elim Christian Centre Auckland attending the ECC Network meeting that happens bimonthly. I’m always encouraged and challenged when I attend these meetings as I am able to hear of the amazing things that God is doing through our Churches throughout the Country.
Ps Luke Brough shared some great thoughts around trusting the journey we are all on. Here are some points to note:
1.The Journey prepares us for the destination. Matthew 5:11-12 New International Version (NIV) 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The journey isn’t always easy. A lot of the time there are challenges we face towards the destination we aiming for. The good news is that there is a destination, there is a reward so stay on course! Don’t give up, don’t let go. Heaven is our reward.
During the times of slavery in the US. The Negro Spirituals would see Heaven as their destination, as their reward. They kept their faith inspite of their horrible experiences and the difficulties of their journey.
2.The Journey prepares us for ministry (to serve others).
What you get is not as important as what you become.
Building things like a good strong work ethic, being able to be good with your time. Discipline of being self-motivated. These are all results of what happens to you on your journey and not what you receive at the destination.
Genesis tells us the story of Joseph. Joseph had a call on his life but the journey towards it was anything but smooth. Abandoned then sold as a slave by his brothers, accused falsely of rape and thrown into prison to die. But along the way in spite of his circumstance, he grew and matured into a strong leader with great skills and character. Finally standing in the Palace as an advisor to Pharaoh.
Genesis 50:20 New International Version (NIV) 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
King David was the same when he faced Goliath. He spoke of defeating the Lion and the Bear first. David grew in his journey towards defeating Goliath, towards becoming King. I want to encourage you to learn from the Journey you are on. The journey will develop you, grow you, shape you. Trust the journey.
Pastors Nu and Taua have been married for 18 years and have two amazing daughters, Jessica and Madison . They have been Senior Pastors of Elim Church - Christchurch City since 2012. They are passionate about seeing people encounter the love of Father God in a real way. And also see Breakthrough in their lives. They believe Father God has a purpose and a plan for each and everyone and as we journey with Him we begin to see what we were truly meant for. Join with us on this journey.