Friday, January 12, 2018


Submitted by Austin Cooper
I want to know Christ – yes to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.  Philippians 3:10

The Lord has clearly shown and reminded me over this first year of serving in Vancouver that the treasure of obedience to God is not a church that is planted, disciples that are made and sent out, or even joy in ministry. The treasure of obedience is simply Jesus. Knowing Jesus more intimately, that is the gift of obedience to God.

So many times this past year we were worried that the church wasn’t being planted fast enough, or that we hadn’t seen anyone come to Christ yet, or that we have only been able to share the Gospel twice with people who no longer talk to us. All along we were blind to the fact that the treasure of obedience to moving here is knowing Jesus better. That’s it. Everything else is a by-product of God’s Grace and what He chooses to do with His Church.

Lord, I pray that pastors and church planters in Metro Vancouver would focus less on results and first and foremost on seeing Jesus as the treasure of obedience. I pray we would all know that becoming like You will be the ultimate goal of our walk, life, and ministry. That we would desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, and open our hands and let You do what only You can do: build Your Church.

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