True, Not Popular

Yeah… I know. I didn’t blog last week. Blame it on the general pace of life this January! Something had to give. But it’s been a good month. I’ve been preaching through a series called ‘Happily Ever After’ at Mavuno. Carol & I have taught marriage seminars for years but this is the first time we’re actually doing a sermon series on the subject. She hasn’t been well enough to co-teach but has helped work on the sermons. It’s gone really well; great to see so many coming wanting to hear God’s word. Part two begins this Sunday and it will be great to teach together.

Over the last couple of weeks, we also launched our biggest ever Mizizi cohort with 500 people! And our School of Prayer class with around 200. Confirming something I’ve believed for a long time; that most people in this generation are not anti-God. They’re actually hungry. Not for religion but for a real encounter with a real God.

Of course that creates a good problem. The need for passionate leaders. I feel Jesus when he says ‘the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few’. And I’m praying that the Lord of the harvest raises many laborers for Mavuno.

I’m greatly enjoying reading through the book of Luke. The first four books (aka gospels) are biographies about Jesus, two by eyewitnesses (Matthew & John) and two by journalists who interviewed the eyewitnesses (Mark & Luke). They sound similar and yet each has a unique angle. Like watching the news on four different stations!

Matthew, former taxman, wrote mainly to the Jews to show how everything in their history found fulfillment in Jesus’ life and how we too are completed in Jesus. Mark, who probably got his story from Peter, has the simplest story with no digressions but gets straight to the point, eager to share the great news that God is here right now and on our side. Luke, a medic and one of Paul’s companions, writes like a historian, giving much attention to detail, but also as a non-Jew is passionate to show how the good news is relevant to all those typically treated as ‘on the outside’ because of their gender, ethnicity, health status or poverty. John, who was one of Jesus’ closest friends, sounds most different from the others. As the only survivor of Jesus’ inner core, he writes not only to recollect what happened but to interpret it in the light of his understanding of Jesus as the eternal Creator who takes on human form.

So… now you know! I thank God for the rain. And pray it will bring an end to the drought. But with it I pray God will also end our drought of leadership. And raise up godly leaders in for Kenya. In government, parliament, the judiciary, the media, the church, industry etc. Of course God often answers our prayers through us. I’m praying He will use me to raise up many godly men and women who will give godly leadership in every sector of society. What are you praying for yourself?

Let me leave you with Luke 6:26 which has stood out for me this week…

There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests – look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.

Have a great week!

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5 responses to “True, Not Popular

  1. Hey Pastor M. Congratulations on the cool new digs.

    I’ve been meaning to come by and tell you that I witnessed some excitement on Facebook on the Sunday you were going to launch the latest Mizizi class. It blew me away, sort of.

    Made me realise anew that Mavuno is tapping into something altogether new.

  2. Rombo, great to hear from you. And thanks for stopping by! I’m constantly amazed by what God’s doing @ Mavuno. Often despite of our best-laid plans. I’m enjoying every turn of this roller-coaster ride though!

  3. I agree with you Passie and am glad that there are leaders like you who are not afraid to be real with people like me.

    Even as we pray together for all these things my heart ios grieving at what our leaders have done with a great country in such a short time. my heart is for the plight of the many starving kenyans and i think we as a church need to come together again and give ourselves, our money, and our food to help our fellow brothers and sisters.

  4. Hi?

    I’m attempting to understand your statement – “..Jesus as the eternal Creator who takes on human form”

    I’ve heard this before and I’ve always wondered, how is Jesus the eternal creator as well as the Son of God? Is it because He is One with God (a’la the holy trinity)?

    If so, why would he say that the Father is greater than He is? (jhn 14:28)How could They both be God when one is a Son?

    Also, what happened to His human body when He transfigured and ascended?

    I ask out of curiousity so feel free to answer in private if need be. Thanks.

    Francis

  5. Hi Jaded, am with you there. Our Greenhouse ministry has been organizing a clothes and food drive in Mitumba slum in South C and we need to make it more public so more can be involved. We are also working on a couple of other initiatives which we’ll announce soon.

    Francis, you refer to the view held by Christians across the ages about the nature of God. The famous hymn ‘Holy, holy, holy’ refers to this view in the words ‘God in three persons, blessed Trinity’. Although God is one, the bible tells us He exists in three persons. An limited example (insufficient obviously) of something that exists in three natures is water (ice, water and steam!). Don’t have the space to go into the issue here obviously but you can start with a couple of articles on the links below…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarnation_(Christianity)

    http://www.geocities.com/athens/Delphi/8449/hypo.html

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