another amazing meeting today with “my guys.” if you’re new to this space, let fill you in.
for several years now, i have been meeting weekly with several guys that mean the world to me. we are all in ministry, but in different locations and with very different expressions. we meet for the purpose of challenging each spiritually, and to hold one another accountable. and in the course of being all spiritual we find time to laugh a lot. and sometimes we cry.
this morning we were bemoaning the fact that people keep coming to church, and yet fail to display any real signs of transformation. it’s a struggle for us, because people seem to be listening, and they tell us they enjoyed what we had to say, but complacency and materialism and self-righteousness persist. naturally, we are asking each other where we (the church) have failed, and what we might do to incite passion in the hearts of our people. rob reminded us that ezekiel faced the same problem in his day:
As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, “Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.” My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them. (ezekiel 33:30-33)
i left our meeting reminded that i am not called to be successful (whatever that means), i am called to be faithful. while i want to be compassionate and gentle, i must be diligent to warn people when i see the subtle sin of idolatry. i am certainly no prophet and i still hate how much i need people to like me, but i am resolved to tell the truth even when it is uncomfortable.
and “my guys” are gonna’ help me keep that promise.