Aren't numbers incredible?
We track and count, worry and celebrate just about everything.
Miles traveled. Jobs held. Anniversaries and birthdays survived (just kidding)
Some get caught up in the relationships of the past; others in how many cars they've owned.
Yet, some take literally, how often Jesus instructs us to extend forgiveness.
And very few rejoice over the book of Numbers in Scripture.
Do I need to mention bank accounts, wealth versus indebtedness and net worth outlooks?
Meanwhile, it's all somewhat relative, isn't?
I thought about this yesterday... when you read this, today is post number 674 since the re-launch of this site. It blows my mind. By comparison, the nation of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years. Or by our calendar, 14,600 days!
Church has it's own concerns.
Sure, financial picture makes the list. As do salvations and growth. Outreach impact and ministry opportunities. Square footage and longevity of ministry. Giving records.
Yet, God simply calls us to be faithful. To press on and continue to do the work He has called us to accomplish. Yes, numbers have their place, just as the book does in Scripture. But it shouldn't dominate, perhaps as much as it does in our lives.
So, pray, this #associatePastorTuesday, for those concerned over numbers. Whatever the topic or area of focus, may they be reminded, that in the end it's all God's and it is all up to God. May they continue to focus their efforts on what He has called them to accomplish, fulfilling their purpose and destiny. Pray a desire and a resolve to remain faithful to the work of the Lord; that stress and burnout and frustration would not rise to the level of destruction. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding propel them forward, to greater levels of ministry and impact for the cause of Jesus Christ.
For what is their to track,
If we are not out doing, in the first place.
May we be counted faithful first.
For the glory of God.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.