This quote from Scotty Smith has been my mantra the past few weeks as I prepare for church planting. It applies to all, so you can substitute “church planters” with pastors, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, businessmen, artists, educators, students, politicians.
“There is no commitment we will make as church planters of greater importance than living close to Jesus. For church planting can become an idol factory; a prostitution ring; a cruel taskmaster; a breeding ground for addictions… we need church planters who will love Jesus with abandon, and who cultivate a lifestyle of growing in His grace and knowledge. Until you know yourself to be slow of heart to believe the gospel, you will never cultivate a burning heart for the gospel. Churches planted with the DNA of the gospel will be led by those who live a life of gospel astonishment.”