"God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform..." William Cowper

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Called To Stay

At a 2012 writing conference in Dallas, Texas, I sat at a large lunch table speaking with an editor from a major publishing house. I’m certain I spoke too fast. And I couldn’t have conveyed the pitch for my story as well as I’d practiced, but I had her attention. And after a morning of unsuccessful appointments, her interest and questions renewed my hope.

  When a young man sat at her other side, we broke the conversation to introduce ourselves. His name was Caleb Breakey, and as he spoke he commanded the table’s attention. I forgot about my agenda, my pitch, my story, and found myself drawn to this young man—not because of his looks or accomplishments or any other superficial characteristic we so often measure ourselves by—but because of his tangible enthusiasm and love for Jesus.

  Upon its release in October, 2013, I bought Caleb’s book, Called To Stay from Harvest House Publishers. In his book, Breakey takes a refreshingly honest look at the church and prods his brothers and sisters to a genuine faith grounded in Jesus and overflowing in love.

  Called To Stay has reopened my eyes to how precious the church is in God’s sight. Jesus lived for the church, He died for the church. And too often, I take the bride of Christ for granted. I reduce her to a building, or a sermon, or a time slot on Sunday morning, when she is so much more.

  Breakey encourages followers of Jesus to live radically for Him, to step outside comfort zones and truly fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ by going down deep into our faith. In a spirit of mutual brokeness, Breakey says we must ask after the well-being of one another’s hearts. Instead of bringing up the topic of weather or the Superbowl, ask your brother or sister about their walk with the Lord, about their heart. Open up about your own struggles and failures. And together, grasp your Savior. That is real fellowship.

  My prayer is that I would get real with Jesus, and with my church. I want to be excited—
I’m going to spend eternity in heaven with Christ one day and meanwhile, I get to live out His purpose for me here at WDCC and anywhere else I go. Christ died for me, He lives for me. That’s more exciting than any editor’s ear or three-book contract could ever be.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:23-25

For more information on Caleb's book, visit here.

This post taken from an article I wrote for The Good News Letter, a publication of West Dighton Christian Church. To subscribe, visit here.

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