Series: The Office
Behold His Glory
June 13, 2021 | James Allison
A.W. Tozer said, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." If that's true, what comes to your mind when you think about God? Tozer goes on to say, "It's like a secret law of the soul that we move toward our mental image of God." What would it be like if you had more than just a mental image? What would it be like to see a manifestation of his glory? Isaiah 6 records what took place when the prophet Isaiah encountered God. The transcendent God is in a category all by Himself. He will always be far more glorious and more holy than we can imagine. Has God opened your eyes of faith to see Him? Because when we see Him, it changes everything.
Here are some questions that we hope you'll take a few minutes to think through and answer.
- Everything we know about God is tied to His revelation through creation, our conscience, the person and work of Jesus, and His living and active word. Can you recall a time in your life when God supernaturally opened your eyes of faith to reveal Himself as all glorious and holy?
- If so, how did seeing God this way affect the way you saw yourself?
- 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” What are you trying to hide that needs to be covered and forgiven by the grace of God?
- God meets our fears with grace. Grace is more powerful and accessible than we can imagine. How will you respond to grace today? Pray that God will give you a deeper awareness of His grace in your life.
- We often fear when we ignore or forget what God's already said in His word. Remember His goodness and faithfulness in your life. Tell the truth about what Jesus has done for you and share your testimony with someone today.
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” 1 Timothy 3:1
The great promise of Scripture is that Jesus is building his church. God calls ministers and presents these servants as gifts to the church. The Orchard is actively involved with several men exploring a call or sense a call to ministry. As we look to the future, we are committed to discipling servant leaders and nurturing their growth in knowledge, character, vision, and skills. The ministry is not to be entered into lightly. Hebrews tells us that pastors "will have to give an account" to the Lord (Hebrews 13:17).
What does it mean to aspire to "the office" of overseer? How does someone know if they are called to be a pastor? Is it a voice from heaven or a vision that confirms one's call to serve the church this way? God gathers, saves, sanctifies, and sustains his people by his Word. Only God can call a true minister, and only he can grant the gifts necessary for service. In the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the men involved in pastoral training. These men are seeking to understand THE OFFICE.