Sunday, September first, 2013 marks a new phase in this ministry. It is the beginning of my official retirement from my profession as a painting contractor in the Central Ohio area. For the past several years I have been preparing for this time in which I will have much more time to devote to writing, teaching, traveling and publishing the Good News of the Kingdom of God than before.
This past week, while at work I heard a teaching by Tom Cantor on the radio about the life of Moses that touched me deeply. He pointed out something that I had long overlooked. Moses had found a time of peace with Jethro, the priest of Midian, who had given him his daughter for a wife. (Exodus 2:21-22).
He was away from the troubles of his people in Egypt, and had found a new life with his new family. And yet he was not satisfied. How do we know that? Well, when Zipporah bore him a son, he named him Gershom, which means “foreigner,” “for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.”
Of course, we all know that when the time was right, God called Moses to go back to his people, in order that he would deliver them from slavery and lead them in to the land that was promised to their father Abraham.
This was his final destiny.
Please don’t think me arrogant in identifying with Moses, but there is a feeling that I have never quite understood about myself until now. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife and family, including 3 children, 8 grandchildren and presently 3 great-grandchildren!
My business has been very successful and gratifying. I have many business relationships that have endured for the entire 35 years of its existence. My wife and I also have relationships in the Body of Christ over the years that are extremely rich and genuine.
But there has always been the sense in my heart that there is something more for us than what most Americans see as “the good life.” Like the apostle Paul, I feel driven to “apprehend that for which Christ Jesus apprehended me.” (Philippians 3:12). We have had the privilege of an experience in Christ that includes the desire for a greater expression of His Life in His Church, His Bride, His people than is typically enjoyed.
It is my strong conviction that the coming months will reveal more of what our part is in God’s great purpose for His people, and we desire your prayers for us at this time. Now that more time and energy will be available, we desire to use them to His greatest glory and blessing to others.
Please pray for us, and let us know if we can in some way encourage you in Christ!