KNOW WHO COVERS YOU (Part 4)
As our conversation progressed, I was reflective of a conversation I had with a young lady who to her detriment was influenced by another's misinterpretation of Scripture. It's imperative we become like the Berean Jews who according to Acts 17:11 (NIV) "were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." It was the eagerness of a young man in the foyer of a local restaurant which caused the unspoken instructions of God to collide with truth and illuminate within himself!
Our simply knowing we're covered in the sinless blood of Christ entails a far greater covering over our lives. I'm reminded of the cost of another refuting the plans of Him who covers us. World renown international speaker and author, Pastor John W. Gray III in his latest book entitled "I Am Number 8" reflects on the cost of knowing Who is covering you. He says "It was time to go. God had made that clear to me. I'd been serving faithfully as a youth pastor at a wonderful church. I considered the pastor a father figure to me. But I had a rude awakening when I sat down with him to share that I felt like God was calling me into something new.
This something new required traveling and was a way to do ministry in a different, creative way, a way that existed outside of the four walls of the traditional church. He was not happy. This leader, who I respected and admired very much, said to me: "I don't believe that this thing you are trying to do is the voice of the Lord, and you know if I pray about it, this whole thing will fall apart." That hurt so bad. I'd served in that ministry devotedly. I'd honored him every chance I could. I desperately wanted to be looked upon as a son by him.
So to hear someone you love say that they could pray against you and your dreams will fall apart, well, I was devastated. But I know what I heard. I responded by telling him that I had to respectfully maintain my position. It was time for me to move forward but I wanted nothing but the best for him and the church. . . . We had a difference of opinion but that wasn't going to make me dishonor him."
I'd never expected this level of transparency from a celebrity pastor, let alone see my truth collide with theirs! It was an honor to serve the body of Christ alongside the pastor because I believed the plan of God was strategically tied to this particular leadership. However, when it's time to roll out, the integrity in which we honor the man or woman of God should never be predicated upon our indifferences!
As he becomes enveloped in God's loving-kindness toward him, he graciously says "I love seeing you" to which I smiled and held him ever so gently. He'd been given clarity of heart and spirit regarding the plans of God for this next season in his life.
I'm reminded of a truth the Holy Spirit spoke to me many years ago from Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says "to everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven." In actuality, no matter the season, it'll always be syncopated with God's timing. And no matter the timing of the season, it's maturation process will always encompass God's covering of you to do His will!
Although the cost of the season and the endurability of the timing may vary, it's your responsibility to know the One whose able to cover you through it all.