Is God in this?

This morning in my devotions I was rereading the notes I had taken from Henry Blackaby’s study on the book of Samuel, and I came across this quote from Mr. Blackaby:

“To tell the people that He is with us in all of His power when there is no evidence of it in our lives is a betrayal to God’s people.”

This convicted me when I first read it 7 years ago, and it convicted me again this morning.  It’s so easy for us as leaders to stand up in front and proclaim God’s awesome power.  They hear it in our messages and our praise choruses.  But do they see it in our lives?  I mean, really?  Is God’s power visible in our lives?  Or is it just lip service?

I’m about to launch a series of DVDs that rather boldly proclaim God’s power.  We’ve shown samples to the children’s ministry leaders of several denominations, and they’ve found it so impactful they’re looking for ways to use it across thousands of churches.  One curriculum leader at a major denomination said, “There is nothing like this out there.  There has never been anything like this out there.”

Wow.  That’s pretty exciting to hear.  It makes me feel like we’re on the right track – like we’re on to something here.

But… this will only reach its potential if God shows up in it.  If His power is manifest in this work, and, more importantly, in my life.  Am I just giving God lip service?  Just repeating things I’ve heard in a million praise choruses?  Or am I bearing witness to a God who has made Himself present in my life?  Am I focusing on the work, or on God?

How about you guys?  The world doesn’t need to see how clever we are.  The world needs to see the manifest presence of God in our lives.  The power of God.  On the canvas of humanity.  It doesn’t matter what comes out of my mouth, if it isn’t coming out in my life.

Thanks for the reminder, Henry.

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Sean F.
Sean F.

Thank you for this post. The last sentence you wrote is a nugget of wisdom to remember as a Christian witness - "It doesn't matter what comes out of my mouth if it isn't coming out in my life." This statement serves as a reminder to live the lessons I teach to kids in children's ministry. In a simple maxim, "Practice what you preach." My family and our children's ministry appreciate the resources you provide us on a daily basis. Thank you for your ministry in our lives.

Cat
Cat

Well, I'm very excited for your new project and I think that Bible education is very important. Unfortunately, the bible that my kids are learning is different since we are Roman Catholic. Since they are only 2 & 3, "blah, blah, blah" is what they are going to hear when I try explaining why our bible doesn't have the same books while cute and funny songs and puppets are going to seem much more relevant to them. I'm kinda bummed because I'm pretty sure that our latest purchase of Larryboy and the Rumor Weed means we have every VeggieTales video that you ever made (including the singalong one to promote Jonah!). I believe that you instill the values that ALL Christian faiths share in your videos, but I can't see how an explanation of "who chose which books" would go in the bible from the perspective that I've heard from even my most informed Protestant friends would be healthy for my kids' growth in our Catholic faith. I just wanted to let you know that I first heard of Veggie Tales from a girl who was in discernment over whether she had a calling to be a nun, secondly from a Catholic guy at my Catholic college I attended, and thirdly from my little sister who was also attending another Catholic college. Just letting you know that up until now, Catholics have been totally with you. Even though I'm bummed for my own loss here, I will be praying for you and your new company and hoping that everyone walks away from your dvd's with the same knowledge of how deeply God loves them with or without a tomato to tell them so ;-) God bless.

Janet Landwehr
Janet Landwehr

I say you keep moving forward ... slow and steady ... and let God direct every move. Look for the red flags that presented themselves before that you missed. I think what you are doing here is WONDERFUL. As a CM I look for BIBLE BASED CURRICULUM all the time and feel you are on to something good. I would love to see this pulled together with a Sunday morning larger group/small group feel AS WELL as a 1st hour/2nd hour approach by GOING DEEPER. It is what the churches are headed toward ... it's what the "big people do" and it works for them. We are using this appropriate with the CM kids now because of it AND using your wonderful media to enhance the other aspects of the Sunday programming will be SO AWESOME! You started on the right track with VT - a lot of us still use it to enhance our programs ... So continue being led by God and take time to listen to Him. Watch getting caught up in the everyday life of it all AND GET SOME ACCOUNTABILITY to go along with it ... Focus on the Family ... GREAT WAY TO START THAT! Janet

Jonathan
Jonathan

This is very challenging. I need a reminder every day to make God and Jesus my focus and to live with the Holy Spirit's leading. I actually need to get into a habit of this! Jonathan

Joanne Beatty
Joanne Beatty

Thank you for making a difference. Wow! I can't wait to use this tool in my Bible class, home school and camp! May the Love of the God of Israel shine through each song, episode and may many children be changed for the Kingdom. The World will know you are my disciples by our love, love for each other and especially love for HIM and we get to know Him more. Shalom and Many Blessings, Joanne Beatty

Dori
Dori

Phil, This is so good and I needed this reminder today! I will be praying as you continue to develop the new DVD series. I'm so excited by the thought of it. Blessings, Dori Cook Spring Hill, TN