I had the privilege of attending a local gathering of pastors yesterday. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but since I am new to town, I thought it would be a good chance to meet some other pastors. I am glad I decided to go.
The purpose of the gathering was to equip and encourage local pastors through quality preaching and fellowship. The speaker for the day was Mike Thibodeax of Simplicity Ministries. He told us that he would be speaking about discipleship out of Genesis chapter 11. This should be interesting, I thought. I usually don’t turn to Genesis 11 when I think about discipleship, but I might start doing that now.
As we ventured into the text, the speaker pointed out the importance of understanding root sins. That is, in order to be able to live for Christ–to be a true disciple–we also have to identify, repent of, and pull up the root sins in our lives. He listed three root sins that were displayed by the rebellion at Babel: (1) Building for ourselves: self-directed and self-satisfying, (2) Making a name for ourselves: self-glorifying, and (3) Protecting or trusting in ourselves: self-trusting.
As a new pastor I feel like there are many uncertainties about the future: Where is our church going? Why are we here? Is it going to be hard? And so on. And often I am tempted to take matters into my own hands, to build my own kingdom, to protect my reputation, to trust in my own abilities–but this is not the godly way. I was exhorted to repent, and trust in God.
“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground.”