Yesterday, the blogosphere became a better, more Gospel-centered, and funnier place.
That’s because my mentor, friend, and hero CJ Mahaney started a blog on the Sovereign Grace website. The by-line is “C.J. Mahaney’s View from the Cheap Seats & Other Stuff.” His co-blogger is Tony Reinke, who not only has his own blog, but has recently been hired by Sovereign Grace to capture and export much of what CJ says and does. Although CJ has authored a number of books, his greatest gifts are in the speaking arena, publicly or privately.
Today’s post, “Perceiving God’s Work,” is a great example of what Tony has been assigned to do, and the content applies to worship leaders. Actually, it can apply to any kind of leader in the church. Tony transcribed much of a conversation CJ was having with some small group leaders this past Sunday. Here’s an excerpt:
Most people are more aware of the absence of God than the presence of God. Most people are more aware of the presence of sin than evidences of grace. What a privilege and joy it is in pastoral ministry and small-group ministry to turn one’s attention to ways in which God is at work, because so often people are unaware of God’s work. And much of God’s work in our lives is quiet; it’s not “spectacular.” It’s rarely obvious to the individual, and normally it’s incremental and takes place over a lengthy period of time.
He goes on to talk about the importance and effect of identifying evidences of God’s work in people’s lives before we attempt to correct them. Read the whole thing here.