Last year my son, Daniel, was in pre school. Everytime he’d come home I’d say, “There he is–The prince of preschool.” Then Danny would correct me real quick by saying, “No, dad. I’m the king.” No princes around that place. Only a sovereign. We started a church yesterday. No, Josh, God started a church yesterday. Only a sovereign around here too. And no it didn’t start yesterday. It was started over 2 years ago. So, let me be as clear as I can: Yesterday, God used a group of princes (we are children of the king you know) that He gifted (he uses people you know) to launch a church (we are called out as his people you know) that He envisioned (He’s the visionary you know) to fulfilll a mission that He gave (He’s in charge you know)in order to bring fame to Him (It’s all about Him you know). Semantics? Yeah, obviously. But it helps me and us to refocus the praise where it belongs. Paul, the apostle wrote: “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36)
So I think whenever I hear someone say, “There he is–Josh, the church planter”. I’m going to say, “No, I’m just a tool.” Wait that didn’t sound right!