A young preacher drove several miles to meet with me today. While we might have met at the workshop in passing, we had never gotten together for a conversation. He emailed me a few weeks back asking if I would talk with him about his work. What a privilege for me.
Josh is one of those young guys that exudes all the right kingdom stuff: humility, eagerness, hunger for truth and freedom, and a fighter for survival. I really believe in him and these young guys like him.
Josh was trained in one of our schools to be an effective arguer and debater. Enmeshed in rules and law, he set out on a course to arrest the religious world. But that community began to shrivel as law always kills and the Spirit gives life. He found himself yearning for more of the Christ and less of personal performance.
We worked on study habits, authors to consider, development in prayer, and faith to believe God works when no other positive signals are at hand. What I like most about him is he has shed the taste for legalism and now walks with a heart toward the cross. He wants to know....more about Jesus.
I was blessed today to sit in the presence of just one of how many remarkable men and women does God have mobilized on this earth to redeem His beautiful creation? For me? I look forward to a great friendship with a young guy I already count as important to my heart. Because of you young leaders among us, I am most privileged to get to be where you are in the search for the Greatest Treasures.