I am constantly telling my students that the goal of our lives as Christians ought to be one of arrows; always pointing to Jesus. We should strive to live in a manner that entices people to pursue the Son of God. Generally speaking, when I say these things I am thinking of ministering to non believers, however this weekend in Erie PA at the Breakaway retreat my horizons have been broadened.
I had the opportunity to spend time with Nathan Edwardson of the Stirring Church in California and David Powers of Worship and The Word Ministries in Colorado. They were our speaker and worship leader for the 430 person district retreat I was directing.
I left that weekend enticed.
Every moment that I spent with Nathan and David, separately or together was kind, loving and inviting. Both of these men love Jesus and are brimming over with the Holy Spirit. Just being in their presence was an authentic blessing.
I have been saved since I was 4. I already love Jesus, yet after spending time with these mighty men of God I know that I want to get to know him even more.
David has such an openness to the Spirit; his sense and perception bear true depth. When he leads worship it is selfless, noble and authentic. You almost wonder if you are watching King David playing his harp before the Lord (simply for the Lord and nobody else). When he looks at you and smiles it almost feels as if Jesus is smiling upon you.
Nathan has the intensity of a warrior poet; weaving words like bladed truth, comforting, afflicting and advancing. I’d follow this man into battle. He has bold words on the stage that fall like grenades and kind, deep words that he shares away from the stage that delve into your identity, never being forgotten.
I learned this weekend that we are called to minister to everybody around us. When people walk away from an encounter with us they should feel that they were spending time with Jesus.
Our love must be infectious, sincere and overflowing.
These two men give me hope; they inspire and entice me to love Jesus more.