A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 5)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 5)

Servanthood In February of 2005, I stepped into the role of a pastor.  I was 25 years old and found myself as the house dad of a community home consisting of 20+ people located in Isla Vista. The house was an old frat house that the church used for lots of meetings, hosting people, and other random things. When Holly and I said yes to the home we didn’t fully understand what that meant. We just loved Jesus and wanted to do life with others in Christ. It was in these two years that God revealed the heart of leadership to me: serving others. Not as an identity, but as a role I played in the life of others to facilitate the purposes of God. I am not sure how long someone can walk with the Lord, especially in a leadership capacity, if they’re not willing to give up their life and rights to serve others. I know when I was 25 years old and saying yes to leadership I thought I was signing up for a throne and a crown. What I ended up receiving was a towel and a basin. I say that jokingly but I think many young people, including myself, don’t understand that being a leader really means being a servant. In the first week of living in this community house I walked into the bathroom to discover the greatest explosion I had ever seen. To spare you details, just picture a lot of water and and a lot of poop… on the floor and everywhere. The toilet had overflowed and, conveniently, whoever did it was long gone. I remember both in frustration and self-pity (woe is...
A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 4)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 4)

An Unoffendable Heart Every pastor has their own struggles, obstacles they must overcome to continue in the journey of faith and love in Christ. Some of those trials, tests, temptations are similar for all men, like Peter tells us, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you,” (1 Peter 4:12). However, other obstacles I believe are unique to the individual in the making of the man/woman of God. For me walking with an unoffendable heart has been the greatest test and trial I have experienced over the last ten years of being a pastor in Isla Vista. Jesus told all of us that offense would certainly come (Luke 17:1), which is why we shouldn’t be shocked when it actually happens. The real test is: what are we going to do once we are offended? Sad to say, but I have met many older believers that have chosen to swallow what I believe to be the serpent’s venom of offense. Instead of bringing it to Jesus and walking through it with Him, they’ve chosen to harbor resentment, which has left the root of bitterness still in them to this day. You can hear it when they talk about so and so, or their experience with church and life. Valid as the reason may be, the only true freedom from offense is to nail it to the only place that can completely absorb it: the cross of Christ. God gave me a revelation when living as the house dad in a community home of 20+ people for two...
A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 3)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 3)

Intimacy with Jesus If you told me at twenty years old that I would be a pastor one day, have five children, and be more in love with Jesus than anything else in life, I would have laughed at you…and told you that you obviously have the wrong guy. I got radically arrested by the love of God in 2001. It was an ambush from Above that flipped my whole life upside down. I was at a church college group one night, and during worship the Presence of God came over me where I literally felt pure love, joy, and peace for the first time. It was in this moment that I knew and was convinced that God was real and that life was made to be about Him. I got saved out of darkness and into love (“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,” Colossians 1:13). I got saved by a love encounter that brought me into a truth encounter where I heard God ask me, “Jason, what are you living for?” The good news for me was that I no longer needed to live for myself, but that God was freeing me to live the rest of my days for Him alone. In my early days with Jesus, I would spend hours with Him. I just wanted to know Him. I was not trying to become a pastor or have a ministry; I just wanted to know the man, Jesus. I have never been motivated in my walk with God by duty: things that Christians...
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