Reconciled World’s seventh core principle is “Pursuing God’s Ways.”
There’s one main difficulty, as I see it, with this principle—God said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).
His ways are not our ways. That means we never get to just sit down, make a plan, and ask God to bless it. We don’t get to make Him an after-thought.
And it means that God gets to change our plans… Any old time. Like this past year, when we and our partner Rahham thought we knew what God wanted us to do—train churches to reach out to outcasts. But it turned out that, instead, He had us plant churches made up of outcasts. Gotta admit, His idea was way better.
It means that we have to do things that don’t seem to make sense sometimes. Like “be still” when there are a thousand things to do. Or refuse a grant because it would set us off course from what God told us. God’s higher wisdom almost always goes against what feels natural to us in the moment.
Pursuing God’s ways can be tough on our egos, as well. It’s so easy to fall into wanting just a bit of the glory when something goes well. Or maybe that’s just me.
Pursuing God’s Ways, most importantly, means that we are called to focus on building His Kingdom, not our own. God has called us to be generous and open-handed with all that He has given us. Because it was never for us. All that we have—curriculum, ideas, trainings, talents, resources—it all belongs to God and is meant to bring Him glory.
After all, in comparison to seeing the glory of God, getting more brand recognition just seems kind of… lame.
And, although pursuing God’s ways can be difficult and counterintuitive, He is so generous with us. As we work it out and sometimes get it wrong, He gives us chance after chance to realign ourselves with His ways. And as we seek to walk in obedience, we experience His pleasure and His favor. He brings things to pass while we are resting in Him that we never could have accomplished with our own hustle. He provides for every financial need with perfect timing while we stand back in awe. He uses us—as small and insignificant as we really are—to bring ideas and training to hundreds of churches and all kinds of organizations.
We can testify that Jesus’ promise was true: Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.