Archive for October, 2011

Ankle Deep Instead of Surfing

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2011 by Luke Summey

Have you ever been afraid that God wanted to do something awesome but you were in the way? Like you needed to make a serious change for God to be able to move at His fullest? I pretty much feel that way. Two months before I left the mainland for Hawaii I realized that I had a problem with pride that I needed to work on. I honestly thought that it was a partial hindrance to my past ministry and somehow I just hadn’t seen it. I thought I was doing a lot better by the time I got here, and during my first month here felt like I’d come a long way. I thought I was doing good.

It’s funny how sin is such a powerful thing in our life that often we never realize the depth of its influence on our life. It was recently brought to my attention that I have a huge pride problem. I thought I was doing great, and then I had a sit down where by Gods grace He made my heart teachable for a moment and I began to recognize how deeply rooted, controlling and hindering my pride has been. In all aspects of my life and especially in ministry. I once thought myself humble, now I realize that all along even that thought was my pride. C.S. Lewis believed pride to be the most powerful/controlling sin. I’m beginning to think he was right. It camouflages itself so well as so many other things; seemingly good things. I wonder how much more God could use me if my pride weren’t in the way. It keeps me from even identifying it on my own. It makes me not want to ask others to point it out. It hinders.

I’m at kind of a broken place right now. I’ve realized even a few places where my pride is powerfully rooted in and it needs to to be killed deep down by those roots.

The passion that God has placed over me is one for His kingdoms growth, power and rapid expansion. I’m just one life, but if He wants me to play my infinitesimal part in that then my pride needs to be eliminated as far as possible. Inevitably I’ll never be over it. Inevitably years and years from now there will still be further areas where I am hindering God from using me and I’ll again have to ask Him to help me rid it from myself. Right now I’m depending on others to help me because my pride wants me to try it on my own. I can’t.

Pray that I would have a teachable spirit so that the Lord and those He has placed around me will be able to help me grow and realize greater what God desires for Hawaii.

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Today Is An Average Day

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2011 by Luke Summey

Today is just an average day here at the BCM. The staffers are all doing their individual duties (meeting with students, leading teams, office hours, preparing for worship tonight), students are going to class and eating lunch and I’m sitting on our ugly yellow (affectionately referred to as the Filipino) couch with a strong sense of peace, wonder and alertness. Stories are told about the eccentric days; the excitingly wonderful or miserable days make for the most memorable.

What I realized in all of this though is that all of the memorable days were perfectly average until the exciting event seized hold of the day and burned itself into the minds of those it affected forever. For all I know this blog post might make it into the history of my life as a post I wrote just before a most incredible event in both others and my life.

But I don’t know whether it will or will not now do I? I have no idea what is to come. I have no foresight.

36“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  –Matthew 24:36-44

No, I’m not about to go into a “Today could be the day Christ comes” rant. As possible as that is, I think God might have tossed in one of His hidden double meanings in here. When it says, “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” I think that part of it means that God moves in His timing and that means that we aren’t always given warning signs for when God moves. How many times has someone sat next  to someone on a plane ride and ended up sharing the gospel with them? How often has someone been sitting in a church office and someone walked in with a broken life that they need help fixing? How often has a friend called you and needed you because something intense just happened in their life? How often has God moved when we weren’t expecting it? God is always on the move, we just aren’t always in tune with or aware of what He is up to.

Be prepared, every hour of every day (Yes, that was a lesson from boy scouts). Be prepared for Him to call on you to do something for His glory. Sharing the gospel, giving monetary aid, listening to someone in need, giving an unexpected hug, making a move, befriending someone new, discovering a new calling…all of these things are things God (seemingly randomly) asks us to do all of the time.

Today is an average day. Lets be prepared and see what God can do with that.

LOVE EXPLOSION!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 by Luke Summey

I just want there to be a Love explosion. No more of this anger and bitterness, broken relationships or hatred among believers. What happened to reconciliation? I know it’s super hard to do, but it just needs to happen. A lot. All the time. With no hesitation.

So since being in Hawaii, I’m come to believe that my generation is on the verge of either crazy awesomeness for God on a global scale, or for abominable failure. No in-between. That means that as young as we are and as much wisdom as we lack, the believers who are my age need to step up in ways that neither previous generations have nor have we so far dared to dream we could. The cool thing about God is that He has incredible power and authority and the things He can bring about are limitless. We just need to align our hearts and actions with His will. We need to emulate the early church like no one but the early church has before. We need to recognize how much God wants to do through us and start taking huge leaps of faith to see Him do them. Why aren’t viral church planting movements overtaking the globe? Why isn’t His kingdom spreading like a pandemic? God is big enough to do all of that! The answer must lie with us. It must lie with the church. God did awesome things with Israel when they obeyed Him. And ironically, in the times that they weren’t following Him, they thought they were and his people came to a stand still. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LOVE EXPLOSION?!?!?!?!

We need to step up for realz. Yes, we have a sinful nature that wants us to break at every second. Yes, Satan prowls around, not with the desire to tempt us, but with the desire to destroy us. BUT WE HAVE THE GOD OF LOVE WHO IS WILLING TO WORK IN OUR LIFE!!!

LOVE EXPLOSION!!! BRING IT!!! CHARGE IT IN IT’S FACE!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!