I’m at Bruegger’s Bagels this morning. Their coffee is great and I’m becoming a bagel connoisseur; but that’s not why I’m here. My books, computer, and Bible are in front of me and I’m studying for upcoming messages; but that’s not why I’m here. I could get coffee and something to eat at home. I could study in the GREAT office some dear people remodeled for me.
So why am I here and not studying in my office or getting something cheaper to eat at home?
I’m here because I’m a church-planter/pastor/Christian. I need to meet people, be around people, understand the community, and develop relationships through which to share the Gospel.
I could study in my office (and I do). In fact, I would probably get more done and be more efficient in my office. However, sitting here reminds me of what I’m called to do. It reminds me about the many, many people in our area that God loves and for whom Christ died. What I need is not a quiet place to study; but a sense of urgency for souls (that sounds so old school). But souls are in the balance. Jesus told his disciples in John 4:35 to, “…lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
I can’t see the fields from my office or home.
So, this morning I’m at Brueggers…to study, to pray over our body at Grace Fellowship, to remind myself of God’s purpose, to meet people and to maintain a sense of urgency.
Oh yeah…and to enjoy this great Bruegger’s house blend.