Look for what God is doing and encourage it

John 13:31–35

A new commandment I give to you,
     that you love one another:
just as I have loved you,
     you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples,
     if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34–35, ESV
We can be looking with spiritual eyes for God at work, as we know He is. I have been reading The Unhurried Pastor by Brian Croft and Ronnie Martin and ran across a wonderful quote that captures this challenge. It talks about two older elders that he (Ronnie) learned so much from. Here is the quote:
"I always thought things were moving too slowly in our church plant. Church growth, finding a better gathering place, discipling our people, and starting membership classes. The response from Jeff and Dave was to sit back and recount all the amazing things God had already done in such a short amount of time. What they were doing (kindly and gently) was to create a culture of awareness for all God was doing. Those other things would come tomorrow, but they didn’t want me to miss what God was doing today.... In my years with Jeff and Dave, I noticed a godly curiosity in them to see what God was doing and how God was moving, and how we could better become part of that work" (p. 81, 83).
We must trust the Lord that He is present and He is working, and look for the next good thing to do (Psalm 37:3). Instead of seeing what isn’t happening in our life, marriage, kids, parents, work, neighborhood, let’s be eagle-eyed for seeing His work and then quick to join Him and encourage it. This is my hope for my own life and for our church family. Let’s begin today!

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