Project 12

Discovering Discipleship in the 21st Century

GLENN’S 2009 JAN. 1 MESSAGE: “ON COMFORT, VALUES AND SERVICE”

Posted by gkaiser on December 31, 2008

First, thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Project 12 will resume from our holiday break in the next few days, and just as I bring this charge to JPUSA, I bring it to P12 staff and students, myself… and you 🙂

God give us grace to truly walk closer with Him and really reflect Jesus in more caring, serving ways in 2009!

Blessings in Jesus,

-Glenn

GLENN’S 2009 JAN. 1 MESSAGE: “ON COMFORT, VALUES AND SERVICE”

2 Cor. 1.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of mercies and God of all comfort;  4 who comforts us in all
our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any
affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted
by God.

Jesus Christ Himself must become our ultimate Value, the Holy Spirit
our actual Source of comfort. It’s just too common to seek comfort and
thus place undue value in other forms and places. In fact, seeking
comfort chokes our ability to grow spiritually just as it affects our
ability to empathize and serve others in their area of need.

I am convinced that if we will go to God the Holy Spirit as our real
Comfort -THE Comforter- we will find our deepest needs met. This is a
simple but needed word for me as well as any follower of Jesus,
especially when so many other things call for our attention, time and
energy.

In one very real and deep sense, our spiritual growth is connected
with and affected by where we go for comfort.

Quoting John Ortberg: “The decision to grow always involves a choice
between risk and comfort. This means that to be a follower of Jesus
you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life.”

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