Words that Echo throughout Eternity
Categories: Campus Life, Evangelism, Ministry
Guest writing today on the Cross Church School of Ministry blog is JK Keszeg. JK is serving with the Cross Church School of Ministry as a resident minister. JK is from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is with CCSM on the College Ministry track.
Three months ago I started my coursework in the Cross Church School of Ministry thinking I knew exactly what I wanted to get out of this year. I had a plan to learn from some of the Lord’s top-notch servants then move overseas and give my life away to God’s global purposes as a missionary. However, I soon began to experience the truths of the Proverb which says, “Many are the plans in the mind of the man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
It was a very uncomfortable feeling knowing that my plans and the Lord’s purpose for me were not aligning. After spending a few months wrestling with the Lord, I have recently surrendered my plans to Him. As a result of this, I have found a new purpose; His purpose. About three weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to speak at one of Cross Church’s college ministry services. The process of praying, preparing, and presenting the Word of God to His people revealed to me a new passion; a passion to preach.
After being able to preach to these college students it was a further confirmation of what I believe God’s new purpose is for me–preaching. I should state that I do not think I am ready to take on the weekly challenge of preaching now, but I am sensing that the Lord is leading me in this direction at some point in my future. I find God’s new purpose for me best stated in 2 Timothy 4:2-5 which says, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
Again and again over the past few weeks I have come back to these verses. I have discovered what an unbelievable privilege it is when you are called to preach. To be called to stand in front of people, no matter how many or how few, and proclaim His Word is a weighty calling. What a blessing it is to be able to faithfully proclaim His Word, which will never pass away.
So in closing, I would just like to encourage you that when you surrender your plans to His purpose there is freedom beyond measure.