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Trust Your Line

Jerry Lawson is an old youth pastor of mine when I attended Bayou la Batre Church of God.  He was my first “actual” youth pastor and was a great one the couple of years he was there when I attended there.  He now pastors a church in Cullman, AL called Daystar.  I got the idea of this post from his last post on his blog about where his church has came in the last 11 years.  Here is the link to the post: http://jerrylawson.wordpress.com/.

He made a statement in it that said “Trust Your Line” referencing to golfers on the putting green.  In ministry and in Christian life in general this is a hard concept because there are so many other people, things, and aspects of life that are telling us to take a different line.  From the time I have been at my church, Friendship Baptist, I have known one foundational thing about the ministry we are involved in, and that is Missions.  If anyone was to stick around a couple weeks at our church they would find out they we are heavily involved in International Missions and in reaching out in our local community.  We are not a Contemporary, Building a new building every year, High-End facility, Online, Homeless Recovery, Mega Member, and everything else under the sun kind of church.  Not to say any of that stuff is bad, because I know some GREAT churches that are doing that, but that is not us.  God has called us to be Missional.  Every intention behind the church has that mind set, from the bus ministry to the GRACE Ministries in Guatemala.

We know our line and we trust it.  The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).  God has prospered our little small town church in glorious ways and the reason for it is because we are keeping our line.  Many people would say that we need to do this, or that we need to do that, but God has called us to be involved in Missions (Giving & Going).

What has God called you to do?  Are you trusting your line, or have you strayed from the path. God has plans specifically tailored to you.  If God has called you to pray, serve, reach out, teach, invite, or whatever, trust your line and follow through in that decision to do so and you will be blessed.

- Chris Taylor