Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.
What I’m thinking
You can learn a lot from a mushroom. I’m not talking about the mushrooms that launch you into a mind-altering out-of-body experience, but average garden-variety mushrooms.
In the interest of transparency, you need to know that I hate mushrooms. (I know it’s not ok for a pastor to use the word “hate”, but it’s probably not ok for me to talk about tripping on ‘shrooms, so we’ve already crossed over the propriety bridge.) Mushrooms function as restrooms for woodland creatures, and they ruin pizza, Chinese food, and cheesesteak sandwiches. Abhorrent. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about mushrooms is how and where they grow, which leads me to today’s life lesson:
Anything that grows because of neglect isn’t worth having.
Think about it. Mushrooms grow on rotting trees in the forest. I’m convinced you can grow a mushroom in the corner of your house if you leave the lights off, don’t clean up the Diet Coke you spilled on the floor, and never sweep. Grim, indeed. Why in the world would anyone eat anything that sprouts up from dirt and trash?
Think about areas in your life that may be suffering from neglect. How’s your relationship with God? Are you feeding your mind and soul with His Word, or are you allowing the distance to create an ideal environment for something distasteful to fill you? How’s your marriage? If you’re not intentional about feeding your marriage, instead of growing a thriving relationship, something awful may be growing because of neglect. How’s your relationship with your parents? Kids? Co-workers?
Paul encouraged the Christians in Colosse to grow healthy and God-honoring things in their lives and not settle for the weird stuff that grows when a relationship with God is neglected.
Colossians 1:9-10 “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
As your pastor, that’s my prayer for you. I want you to embrace God’s purpose for your life, seek His wisdom, and wholly devote your life to serving Him. That’s going to require cultivation on your part, but notice the promise. You get to live a life that is meaningful and will last into eternity. I don’t know about you, but I want my life to count, and I want it to produce good fruit.
Obviously, I’m not a botanist. I’m sure grocery store mushrooms are grown in clean and controlled environments. They probably cure chicken pox and improve your batting average. However, I’d rather be condemned to a life of eating only cheese pizza than run the risk of having a mushroom contaminate an otherwise delicious supreme pizza!
What I need to remember:
- BAPTISM Our next baptism is scheduled for Sunday, March 20. Let us celebrate the transformation Jesus has made in your life and sign up today – the list is already getting pretty long! Sign up for more info here.
- INVEST AND INVITE Easter Sunday is March 27. Begin praying now for 3 people you will invite to join you at The Church at Clayton Crossings. Pray for your relationship, your conversation, and for their salvation.
What I’m (still) reading:
- God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future by Will Mancini. I’m fortunate to be able to call Will a friend – he’s one of the brightest minds in Christianity these days and has a soft heart for the church. Plus, when you squint a little, he looks like John Travolta.
What I’m listening to:
- Selah: The Duets Album. “Bless the Broken Road” is one of my top 10 favorite songs. Makes me long for the first day in heaven when I’ll finally be able to sing harmony.
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.
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