One of the most influential pastors in my life was a man named Dr. C. John Miller. "Jack" as he liked to be called, was a pastor for many years in Pennsylvania and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Jack taught other pastors like Scotty Smith, Tim Keller and Dan Allender, but he is perhaps best known for founding World Harvest Mission, which is now known as Serge. Most of his books are pastoral in nature but he has also written a fair amount on sanctification, more specifically on the topic of gospel transformation.
In 2004 a collection of his handwritten letters were published under the title, The Heart of a Servant Leader. The book provides excellent insight into this man's heart and passion for the gospel. I recommend this book for any kind of group study. The book's opening letter, The Glory of Christ Is The Motive for Getting the Gospel Clear, he writes the following (excerpt) to a young couple serving as missionaries in Uganda,
"What I finally came to as I walked and prayed for you is the old, old story of getting the gospel clear in your own hearts and minds, making it clear to others, and doing it with only one motive - the glory of Christ. Getting the glory of Christ before your eyes and keeping it there - is the greatest work of the Holy Spirit that I can imagine. And there is no greater peace, especially in the times of treadmill-like activity, than doing it all for the glory of the Lord Jesus. Think much of the Savior's suffering for you on that dreadful cross, think much of your sin that provoked such suffering, and then enter by faith into the love that took away your sin and guilt, and then give your work your best. Give it your heart out of gratitude for a tender, seeking, and patient Savior. Make every common task shine with the radiance of Christ. Then every event becomes a shiny glory moment to be cherished - whether you drink tea or try to get the verb forms of a new language."
Getting the glory of Christ, our motive, before our eyes and keeping it there. What a beautiful picture of living for the gospel, and what peace in Christ such reliance brings. Such a great reminder for all of us.
Reminder that we are having a church yard sale this Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm. Please bring all your donated items to the church this week. Items will be stored in the youth room.
Parents' Night Out is on Friday, November 18 at 6:30 pm at the church. Please sign-up at the Welcome Desk in the lobby whether it is to volunteer or to drop your kids off. This is being hosted by our Women's Ministry. firstname.lastname@example.org
One final thank you on behalf of Keith and myself for the wonderful baskets we received during pastor appreciation month. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed.