My Confession (and prayer request)

I was strongly convicted this morning regarding Philippians 2:12-18 …

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Particularly with regard to “complaining and arguing,” I am not looking forward to serving as a delegate. I expect the convention to be boring at times, contentious much of the time, and generally not “my-cup-of-tea.” I volunteered to serve because I thought it would be important to be there. As I prepare and consider some of the resolutions and read some of the divisive and ugly things appearing online, I am even more convinced that it is important to be there. Nonetheless, I have been grumbling and complaining and NOT looking forward to being there.

Then God pulled out His 2×4 and got my attention …

In view of the incredible, painful, frightening and burdensome sacrifices that Christians are making around the world to share Jesus and proclaim the Gospel, my minuscule sacrifice of serving as a convention delegate (no matter how boring, contentious, or unpleasant it may be) is no sacrifice at all! I am ashamed and repentant.

I will engage as joyfully and faithfully as possible. I will also seek to allow Christ-in-me to SHINE! Please pray for me and all the delegates, those leading, the convention (in general), and the outcome. May God use this convention to move the LCMS away from contention and fighting to faithfulness and focus on reaching the lost!

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