We are in the process of preparing for a road trip to West Texas. One of the most difficult things that I have to do is to book meetings, especially with churches that we've never been in before. Just this morning I was on the phone speaking to a pastor I've never met. His name was given to me as a referral. In speaking with this pastor, sharing our vision as much as I could in a 5 minute phone call, I asked him if he could use us for some meetings. His answer was, "I've already booked a "Special Speaker" for that Sunday.
After the call I told Corinne, "I'm not interested in being a "Special Speaker!"
I'm reminded of Paul's words in I Corinthians 2: 1-5 (NLT), "When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn't use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God's secret plan.....And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God." (emphasis mine)
Actually what I was not able to convey to this pastor was that I'm not interested in "speaking" in his church! What I am interested in is having a strong move of God in his church, that would change the region, bringing the power of God as great light into darkness. I am interested in revival, transformation, spiritual awakening, what ever you wish to call it, and to see this accomplished I don't even have to say a word, all we need is God to show up and everyone's tongues would be tied.
OK, honestly, I'm not there yet! Sometimes Corinne says that I still say too much. It's amazing how my mouth seems to get me in trouble. But deep in my heart is a strong longing that echos Paul's words. I'm not too interested in just speaking any longer. I just want to see the power of God manifested, and lives transformed.
I Corinthians 2: 9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."
Blessings ~ Larry