A few years ago, a friend and I were talking about our seminary days and sharing ideas about our preaching and teaching styles. At one point in the conversation, he put down his coffee cup and leaned on his elbows as he turned his full attention to me. It was one of those times when you know he is about to lay something heavy on you. And he did.
“You know what you do? You make change.”
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“Here’s what you do. We understand all of these big concepts we talked about in seminary. You get the million dollar idea, and you know how to break it down into fives and tens so everyone else can get it… and then tell them what they can do with it in their own lives.”
I liked that description. I make change. I can study the Scriptures and then help my congregation find a way to understand what the Scriptures are saying and how they can apply them to our lives.
I’m bringing up this story to tell you about a conversation I had the other day with a friend about my new book, The Gospel of Yes, which will be released on June 5 by WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishing. My friend looked at me and said, “You’re the minister of Yes.”
The Minister of Yes. I like that.
It’s the message I try to preach. We serve a God who is always looking for a way to say “Yes” to you and me. Through His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, His love — all spoken and lived in Jesus Christ — God always finds a way to say “Yes”.
It doesn’t matter where you are. Wherever it is, it’s a good place to start.
It doesn’t matter about your past. God’s future can overcome it.
It doesn’t matter how many times the world has said “No”. God will find a way to say “Yes”.
And that’s my ministry. Helping the people God brings into my life to find the Yes God has designed just for them. There is really nothing more gratifying than seeing the Yes of Christ being born in a person’s life.
“The Minister of Yes.” If that’s what they put on my tombstone, I’ll be good with that.