As a pastor of a church, people often want to know what I enjoy doing or what matters to me. They often mean, “what are your hobbies and what do you like to do just for fun?” It’s important, of course, for those who attend FBC Covington and worship with me to know those kinds of things. Actually, I really think most of the people who hear me preach have learned those areas through the years.
Today, I want to tell you what matters to me in the most important area of life–my relationship with God. The following are three areas I really care about.
First, I care about being in the center of God’s Will. In order for that to happen I must be in communion with God, praying and seeking His guidance. Our guidance in this area comes from prayer, Scripture, and the Godly counsel of people who are also seeking God’s guidance (Proverbs 15:22).
This is a very important area of life. I want the favor of God in everything. This takes paramount importance in my personal life and relationships and how I lead the family of God in First Baptist Church Covington, Louisiana.
If I am outside the will of God, I cannot lead my family or my church correctly. I care deeply about being obedient to God.
Second, I care about being in right relationship with God and with others. Peace comes when we are living in right relationships. I want to always live at peace and experience the assurance that God is working and leading me.
I know myself well enough to know if I am not right with you and with God that I will be in turmoil. I want to experience the peace that comes as part of the fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Third, I care about communicating with others what God has done and is doing within me. God created me to preach the Gospel and communicate the truth of God. I want to be faithful and effective in doing so.
These are areas that matter to me and affect God’s church. Let us pray for one another that we all would please God in our lives.
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