In his book IT, Craig Groeschel talks about how people can lose IT. He states that it’s normally through getting comfortable in your relationship with God that the problems start – he says the big culprits are laziness, complacency and distraction. These are the challenges of living in the world. The answer is being strong in your daily disciplines, keeping the main thing the main thing.
Here are some things that I am discovering as I continue on my journey as a Pastor…
I don’t want to lose IT. Thinking about this always reminds me of the scripture where Paul writes that all things are lawful but not all things are helpful. In my opinion this is a good check for me.
The disciplines for keeping IT are not easy. Every day I have an opportunity to get distracted from the purpose that I believe God has for my life by spending too much time on other stuff – they are not wrong but they are not always helpful for my destiny.
God keeps giving me a friendly reminder that what ever I do as a Pastor it probably will never happen unless I keep praying, keep reading and keep believing God for it. I’m a great believer that you need to be passionate about it enough to get on your knees for it. I can talk a good game but what about what I do in private!!
I choose to follow IT. Every day when the alarm goes off I know that I don’t have a choice. The new day ahead, I have already determined that the most important thing I must do is to get up and pray. It is part of my non-negotiables now. Staying in bed is not wrong – in fact it seems to be the most beautiful thing in the world some mornings but I know praying is worth the sacrifice.
Lifestyle habits shape what IT looks like to others.
If I am to be a model of what a Christian is then my habits are important. The shape of my life shapes their view of God. My lifestyle habits then are reflective of how I want God to be seen. John Maxwell says that ‘Leaders give up to go up’. Some are not willing to rise to that challenge and maintain that they can have rights and responsibility. I don’t think it works like that.
I am learning to warn others if I think they are losing IT
People do drift from their true north, the ultimate cause of living for Jesus by convincing themselves that their lifestyle is acceptable when they probably know its not really. Why do good Christians get wrapped up in their own world and compromise so easily? Big letters coming up: ITS NOT ABOUT US!
For example (an I know this might raise a few comments) getting drunk is NOT okay…and some of you are. Feel like Paul writing to the Church at Ephesus saying ‘Don’t get drunk with wine (or other stuff); but be filled with the Holy Spirit’. Don’t allow yourselves to take second best.
[Am I being too hard? What are your views on this? Have you lost IT? Have you got IT back?]