Part 3 of 10 in Get Your Engines Ready! Knowing You’re Ready To Launch Your New Start: Get Jesus’ Perspective:
“Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time.” ― Comedian Steven Wright
It is all about perspective.
Launching something new to reach new people for Jesus usually leads to feelings of anxiety. Will the funding come through? Do we have the right people in place to launch? Are we truly meeting a need in our community?
In Matthew 6:25-26 (ESV), Jesus shares His perspective on feelings of anxiety with His disciples.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Then later in verse 33, Jesus gave His best instruction when faced with anxiety…“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When we seek the kingdom of God first, when we fix our eyes upon Jesus, His blessings will be added to us. And even in our weakest moments, His grace will be sufficient and carry us through (1 Corinthians 12:9).
Also consider Jesus’ Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) Meditate for a moment on the last sentence.
In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we find Indy needing to take a leap of faith so that his father’s life would be saved. As he looked below at a bottomless chasm the idea of plummeting to his death seemed likely. Instead, when he followed the instructions found in his father’s notebook on finding Jesus’ chalice, Indy took that leap and stepped onto that seemingly invisible bridge, successfully crossed to the other side.
Starting new is always uncharted ground. There will be spills, there will be failures, but as Bill Woolsey wrote (in Seven Steps To Start), through it, we “gain awareness and become more intimately acquainted with the process.” We have something far better than an archaeologist’s notebook, we have God’s Word to follow and trust. Even more importantly have Jesus’ promise, “I am with you always.”
We also have each other. In our StartNew Incubator we work together to address the fears and anxieties of starting something new to reach new people for Jesus. We work together to seek Jesus. We work together to seek the kingdom of God. Click here to learn more.