Out of this message from our senior pastor Randy Wheeler, came a discussion regarding the book "Greater" by Steven Furtick and most specifically the chapter in the book regarding Burning your plows. The chapter is based on Elisha and how he was called to leave his old profession of leading oxen on plows to doing something greater. The fact is that Elisha could have stored the plows or given them to someone for safe keeping or kept using them, but what he realized was that if he was truly going to follow the call he was given that was much Greater, then he had to purge his life of everything he used to be. This meant taking his plows and burning them. We began to discuss as a staff what this meant to us, what plows in our life was God calling us to burn in order to live a life Greater.
Thinking about these plows can be a humbling experience because throughout the process you rationalize to yourself that this is not needed or that you can be fine with just storing the plows because who knows you may go back to them at some point and you don't want them to be gone. But what God continues to say to us is that we have to be willing to sacrifice who we used to be in order to be something greater and if we are called to be again what we once were, the plows that are needed would again be provided.
Personally I have a lot of plows that need to be burned before I am willing to do the something greater that God is calling me/us to. I am currently in the process of lighting the matches and burning them myself, but even as I write this I am continuely reminded of the importance of this process. We all are hoping to do something much greater than we can even imagine, but there has to be an element of sacrifice attached to this.
If you haven't already pick up the book Greater by Steven Furtick and if you are looking for a church home in the Detroit area, join us at Twin Oaks CC in Woodhaven, MI. What are the plows that God is telling you to burn? How long are you willing to wait before becoming something GREATer.
till another day,