Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready!
Ok so this was the second time I have gotten to hear T.D. Jakes in person, both times he rocked my world. He said so many amazing things that I want to share. I will share just a few things with you today and then I will share some more later when I have more time to blog. Please understand that he is speaking to a very small group of pastors. That might help to put some things in context for you.
-Your church is a reflection of your thinking.
-Diversity is essential for the body, imagine if you had six kidneys and no lungs. (Not just a black and white thing. He said in Africa they fight each other because people are from different tribes but they all have the same color skin. Stop thinking of black and white.) You need women leaders, you need rich folk and poor folk, you need different giftings in your church, you need different languages, you need different generations, you need different thinkers!!
-You better love your people. There are lots of pastors out there who love crowds but can’t stand people.
-People perceive pastors as always coming out of the phone booth with the cape on. They need to know we are ordinary people, God calls ordinary people.
-You get persecution from religious people. Sinners who want to change don’t persecute you, only the religious people who won’t change. They did it to Jesus; do you think they won’t do it to you too?
-Rugged places in life are what build a true resume.
-When you notice yourself getting mad at what someone had said about you, just remember it is really that you are hurt and you don’t want to admit it. It is easier to get mad than to admit at times that someone hurt you.
-Beware of silent disciples. It is not the Peter’s you have to worry about but the ones who say NOTHING!
-You may know the Word but if you don’t know the VOICE, it doesn’t much matter.
Ok there is so much more that I want to tell you about. I will have to put it in another blog though. Some points deserve to be elaborated upon like The Bishop did! Oh and yes I heard him say his famous, “Get ready, get ready, get ready!”
Which one of these spoke to you?