For anyone dealing with disability or sickness, what Pastor John is committing to helping us learn to do for ourselves is really, really important and life-giving.
Last night, Pastor John wrote a new post announcing The Legacy I Want to Leave. In it he shares some deeply important things to him, like:
We believe one key to the strength of the church — the authenticity of her worship, the depth of her fellowship, and the courage of global mission — is that the people of God get steel in their spiritual spine, which is forged in the furnace of their own first-hand dealing with God in the Bible. Second-handers will not do in these trying times. (emphasis mine)
One of the greatest gifts God has given me are the people with ‘steel in their spiritual spine’ because God used disability to blow away the Satanic fog and distraction of an easy life. God and his book are the source of that steel.
And now Pastor John wants to multiply that impact by teaching us how to ‘look at the book’ for ourselves!
Almost three years ago I wrote a series on men who God has used to shape me. My first was on Pastor John. In that post I included this:
No, he taught me (and demonstrated) that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. He showed me how much the Father delights in the Son, and how much the Son delights in the Father, and how great it is that we get to delight in Father, Son and Spirit! But only if we cling to Jesus as our righteousness – we do not honor God if we look to ourselves or anyone else for the kind of freedom that only Jesus can provide.
And we can know these things because God gave us a book, and that book is full of the God-centeredness of God as the greatest news there could be because there is nothing better or greater or more beautiful or more satisfying than God himself.
I am really excited about what Look at the Book could mean for families like mine all over the world and their churches as they learn how to dig deeper and deeper into what God has to say about himself and his purposes – including specifically about disability. It could change everything for them!
Please take a couple minutes to read the post and watch the video he included. And then pray that God would do even more than all that we ask or think (Eph. 3:20) in making his name and his book known and trusted and loved everywhere.