|Go Boldly in Jesus' Name
by Ron Little, Pastor of Tara Baptist
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13.
Praise the Lord for His journey of faith. Once we put our trust in God’s capable hands, He takes us and makes us a new creation. He performs His work every single minute of everyday molding, shaping and recreating us into the person He desires to use to carry His message of love to the lost. We are to tell hungry people where to find the bread of life, thirsty people where to find living water. We are always in process, always letting our light so shine that others see our good deeds and God gets the glory in heaven.
In the South Metro Association we have sought to step out in faith and to “boldly go where no one has gone before.” We are embarking on new territory, blazing a new trail and leading the way for a great new work under the direction and guidance of God which we have earnestly sought throughout the last year and half. God has a plan; He always has a plan. He searches for those who will step into His plan and leave their plans and desires out of the way. We prayed and God answered. We planned and God moved. We met and found God at work. We inquired for His wisdom and were answered decidedly. We coveted together to create a work that would make a difference for the Kingdom of God.
We are in the latter stages of planning to launch what God has drawn us to create in His name. As God has led us through this journey of faith we have discovered like minded men and women who are earnestly seeking God’s will for association work in a sister association in Henry County. Together, we called on God and He heard our cry. Together, we searched with our whole heart for His leadership; God has blessed. Teams were created, plans were made and bold steps of faith have been put down on paper including the creation of a new name, a new budget, a new constitution and by-laws as well as a new leadership structure which will allow for effective ministry administration and implementation.
I encourage you to continue to bathe the process in prayer. Do we have it all exactly right? I do not think it is humanly possible. Will we be able to please everyone? No, but honestly, our goal has never been to please people. God has asked us to go boldly in His name. We are ever striving to do His will in His timing for His honor and glory. Thank you for allowing our leadership teams the leeway to make decisions, to lead people and most importantly to trust that God knows the plans He has for us. May God bless our efforts in His name! ✟