“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV).

You may have noticed that Pastor Adam and I are not here this morning. (At least not physically… We are with you in spirit.) We have been invited to join other leaders from my district for a weekend of missions work and training in New York. It is important to our denomination and our church that we obey the words of Jesus to “Go.”

“Go therefore and make disciples…”

The Holy Spirit has given Dennison Foursquare Church a clear direction for this year. The Lord is calling us to GO. As a pastor I often feel the pressure of making sure I have all the details straight, knowing exactly everything that needs to be done, and how to get it done. Ask Adam about the anxiety I’ve been experiencing just thinking about having to take the subway in NY. I have no idea what I’m doing. What if it breaks down and we get stuck underground? What if our phones die and we can’t get a hold of anyone? What if aliens attack and we return to Dennison as pod people?

As you can see, I can find any reason to be anxious. I can make up 1 million excuses of why it’s not the right time, or why am not qualified. I think that’s human nature.

In our desire to be obedient to Jesus, we need to understand that we will not have all the answers. We will not say, or do, everything perfectly. The command isn’t that we are perfect. The command is that we GO.

I challenge you to let the Holy Spirit lead you. Have faith that it is the power of God the qualifies you. He is the one who will work out the details. It’s better that we don’t know all that he is up to. Because his work is so amazing that it would probably freak us out anyway.

Will you make a commitment to go?

~Susan B.

I Am With You

“The Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.'” Exodus 3:11-12

I can’t tell you how many times I have echoed Moses’ question: “Who am I that you have chosen me?” The context of this chapter is that God has called Moses and told him that he is to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. That’s a huge undertaking! It’s a daunting task that Moses doesn’t feel qualified to do.

God’s response to Moses is the thing that amazes me most though. God doesn’t build Moses up with words of how great Moses is. He doesn’t say, “What do you mean Moses? You’re awesome, you’ve totally got this.” All God says to Moses is, “I am with you.” My mom used to have this old saying:

“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”

I think this example from Moses’ life is the best evidence that supports that claim. Moses definitely doesn’t feel like he is qualified to lead the Israelites, yet with those four words, “I am with you,” he is instantly qualified because God said so.

Is there something in your life that God is calling you to do but you don’t feel qualified? Just remember that God is with you and that makes you qualified.