UNKNOWN FOR THE PLATFORM (Pt. 3)
In essence, the antagonistic gnawing of our insecurities, low self-worth, ethnic inadequacies and yes, even marital and financial sparring within ourselves is best accomplished in unknown seasons of perfecting. Because of Pastor Gray's willingness to allow God's timing to take precedence over an untimely unveiling, he and his wife Aventer in May 2018 will become the new Senior Pastors of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC. A sprawling 20-acre multigenerational campus whose diversity spreads over a 6,000 member congregation.
You see when we're obedient in the unknown season, God will do "infinitely more than we might ask or think" in our seen season. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT). Not simply a Church takeover, but as Pastor Gray said "In a time when the nation is still so divided by class and by race, here on a Sunday morning (May 6, 2018), white pastors just handed over their life's work . . . . to black pastors in South Carolina." So tell me, what is God not willing to do for those of us who are willing to surrender our pursuit of celebritism to become "unknown for the platform?"
But because we've become so task-driven in our pseudo pursuit of the things of God, we sometimes don't realize we're incapable of leading the sovereign God of the universe anywhere. I love the expressiveness of Job towards his friends regarding the definitive mind of God in Job 23:13 (NKJV) which says "But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does.
Perhaps, like Jesus whose ministry wasn't unveiled until he was thirty-years old, might we realize an untimely release could not only affect us but our entire sphere of influence including our families. When we stop and weigh the cost of the platform of many of today's leaders, and yes, even the "celebrity leaders" perhaps we'd realize the costliness of being unknown for a season is not a curse but an influential responsibility. In other words, being superficially infatuated with the platform absent the maturation process could inevitably be detrimental to the sustainability of one's platform.