It has been a spell, friends, since my last post. I have been aware of the Grand Contractor of Heaven laboring in my heart, and I have been aware of grace to wait on His timing before getting back into semi-regular writing. Thank you for your patience, and I’m sure you’ve found plenty of material to keep your hearts encouraged especially in God’s amazing and conclusive Word!
This morning I was soaking in 1 Cor 13 & 14 and God’s love for His Church is what I came away with in verse 12 of chapter 14. “…strive to excel in building up the church.”
Our world is spinning with opinions and angles, expectations and hopes, dreams and disappointments. Personal or individual fulfillment seems the number one idol of our era at least in the USA. Who am I amd am I in the sweet spot I am supposed to be in for life? Year after year God catches me off guard with how He addresses my own lust for fulfillment. Time and time again I am most satisfied when I am resting in His sovereign carrying of me and workings out of His good pleasure in my life one day at a time.
What I have longed for year after year for the last decade has been the upbuilding of local churches in the three areas where Carrie and I have called home:
Northern Virginia, Merced County, and Tuolumne County
God has been the strength of my heart and my portion as I’ve had to trust Him with my calling and labored in “secular roles” in these communities while filling lay positions or opportunities for building up the Bride of Christ. Being a part of the community and being equipped by other leaders for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4) has been so freeing. My days are not my own, and my definition is not some amalgamation of titles and tasks but rather the sufficiency of Jesus Christ and His death in my place. As such, I labor in love with you, dear siblings in Christ, and I look earnestly to the Shepherd for our comfort and guidance day-by-day. May He restore our souls and knit our hearts together as we labor in love together to make disciples of this Jesus, this eternal Satisfying and Worthy Fountain of Living Water!
P.S. This is a photo of my Dad, Dr Larry Moe, my son Jackson, and me on my birthday this Sunday. May all three generations know and follow hard after Jesus!