Ephesians 5:2 (The Message)2Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Since I've been a pastor, I've tried to "always be ready to give an answer". I've worked hard to "preach the Word."
Those are skills.
The verse above is the challenge of my lifetime. I can get to feeling pretty good about myself - good sermon, strong teaching, church growing, building bridges.... me - and then I read that verse and realize just how far I am away from God's ideal for anyone who shepherds His people.
But reread it. he gave us the secret for making it happen in our hearts. "Keep company with Him and learn a life of love."
Let me ask you a question.
How much time have you spent with Jesus lately?
Join me in admitting "not enough" and then let's see what God does as we spend our lives in close communion with Him.