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If Jesus were to Pastor a Church would He?

I am a pastor at Midtown Church here in Melbourne Florida, the sunshine state, the rainy state, the hot state, the cloudy state, the no electricity after a hurricane comes through state (we have it all covered except the cold state).  Each and every week I consider my Sunday post behind my invisible pulpit (modern pastor’s set a small table to the side and preach with no hindrance) as a post of great honor and responsibility, one I was called to, not one I pursued as a good career choice.

As I consider my preaching, my sermons, I often times (about every day of the week) talk to my Father about my desire to change the lives and hearts of those listening.  I know I have a role in this, but I know my ego is too big and I assume more of the role then I should.

To be honest, what I had to do over the past several years is I had to ask God to wipe away all pre-conceived notions of what, not just my sermons, but what lower case “c” church should be like, in order to show me how to take care of his most precious gift, you.

As I ponder these things, I wondered what it would be like to be in a church that Jesus was the Pastor of.  How would He handle the ends ands out of church and the Sunday morning message.  Would He:

Remind His church that they are responsibility to keep the lights on, and so tell them to give generously each time the plate passes or as they walk by the box in the back of the room?

Would He have weekly meetings with the Worship leader letting him/her know that the song choice was terrible or spot on?

Would Jesus command all parents in the church to volunteer twice a year in the children ministry program?

Would He talk down to his congregants because they show up every other week, or because they were Chreasters?

Would Jesus hold staff meetings that constantly talked about closing the back door of the church so no one would leave and look for another?

Would He be more concerned about those outside of the church that never want to come in or those inside the church struggling to hold on to their faith?

Would He cast grand plans for the future building program and hold vision meetings declaring what the church out to look like 5 years down the road?

Would he be frustrated if the seats were only 40% full?

Would He leave to pastor another church if the church could not afford to pay Him any more?

Would He chastise the 80% for only giving 2%

Would He spend more time on illustrations and sermon titles and series  branding then He would just talking to His church about what Isaiah said and how it applied to the Messiah and their new lives?

I don’t fully know the answers to these questions but I have a hunch that the answer to this next question paves the path to answering the ones above.

Would He treat those in His church as if they were worth dying for?

I hope your church treats you as if you were worth dying for, because God so loved you that He sent His one and only Son to die for you that if you believe in Him you will have eternal life.  He did not send His son to condemn you but to save you.

If Jesus was to be your Pastor, would He…

Dawn of the 7th Day

Dawn of the 7th Day

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. But why create a 7th day?  The work was completed on day 6. Why not just set it down and move on?  Why create a 7th day?  1 reason, God’s love for man.  Adam needed a day to live in, and God did not want that day to be a day that was labeled as work.  For God finished the work, and therefore, Adam awoke and there was day 7, the day that was blessed, the day God lived in for eternity to come.  The day Adam was designed to live in, the day you were designed to live in, the day you must strive to re-enter.

You were never meant to leave day 7.  That was the day God blessed, that was the day God entered into.  Only after the fall is the seventh day made distinct from day 1-6, and a day to be repeated.  The work of God was completed at the laying out of the foundation of the world.  When God entered into rest, he entered into it for eternity, eternity with His children, the ones in the Garden.  But his children hardened their hearts towards him, and thus triggered an 8th day.  A day which started the cycle of repetition, the cycle of insanity.  6 days you shall work, and the seventh day you shall rest, then came day 8, i.e. day 1 again.

The 6 days were never meant to be the work in and of themselves, they were meant to be Adam’s purpose, your purpose, your fulfillment, your life, yet, through an unbelieving spirit, those seven days became repetitive; that is until you could see the truth, the truth that is outside of time itself, that the Lord is rest.

Yet many seem entangled, trapped, chained to day 1.  It follows them like the shadow from the dark alley, never really showing its ugly face, yet telling you all the time, that it is there and something isn’t right with it.

You long for day 7 to come back, you long to live in day 7, the Sabbath, the rest.

Even though Yeshua says to come to him if you are heavy laden, if you are burdened to come to Rest, many do not come, they harden their minds.

Even though Yahweh says we will run and not be weary, walk and not faint, I say to the faint hearted, why don’t you believe?

Even though he says the Sabbath was made for you, why, in your unbelief do you feel as if the Sabbath regulates you?

Because day 1 came back into existence, and you were not designed to return to it over and over again.

Day 1 will get the better of you, as there are only so many day 1s left to be lived out before you are cast headlong into the eternal day 7, the dwelling place of the most high, which incredibly, to the one who believes, that person is currently there.  He lives, dwells and stays put in the refuge of the Sabbath, the 7th day, Yahweh, who is Life, who is His Life.

Do not harden your hearts, as many have done before us, and many will do beginning day 1, tomorrow.  Today, believe what you have heard and so live in the eternity of the Spirit who dwells inside of you.  You are Life, you are Truth, you are righteousness, you are rest, you are who you are, and I AM who I AM.

  • Greg Harris

Hebrews Chapter 3-4 from ESV

A Rest for the People of God

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, 11“Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,

9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for 12forty years.

10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’

11 13As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from 14the living God.

13 But 15exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by 16the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we have come to share in Christ, 17if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

15 As it is said, 18“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For 19who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not 20all those who left Egypt led by Moses?

17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, 21whose bodies fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom did he swear that 22they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient?

19 So we see that 23they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem 1to have failed to reach it.

2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because 2they were not united by faith with those who listened.a

3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, 3“As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'”although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: 4“And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”

5 And again in this passage he said, 5“They shall not enter my rest.”

6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news 6failed to enter because of disobedience,

7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, 7“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, Godb would not have spoken of another day later on.

9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,

10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also 8rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so 9that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

12 For 10the word of God is living and 11active, 12sharper than any 13two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and 14discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

13 And 15no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are 16naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14 Since then we have 17a great high priest 18who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, 19let us hold fast our confession.

15 For we do not have a high priest 20who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been 21tempted as we are, 22yet without sin.

16 23Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.