Just five days away from my ministry tour in New Zealand and I find myself drawn to a very reflective state of mind. Stripping away the complexities of the life I live, I am being drawn to focus on the simple things, the staples of what beliefs I adhere to, how they guide me, and how they shape my decisions.
It’s not always easy saying yes and it can be a shaky thing to put yourself in a place of complete surrender before God. For me, it’s not a major obstacle to trust God individually with five weeks of my life or financial provision, traveling overseas or speaking at a conference. But, combined those things together, and it can get overwhelming.
We are all very capable of disqualifying ourselves from use in the Kingdom of God. On our own we are never really qualified to do much of anything, but through the blood of Jesus we are redeemed. And along our way we obtain badges of understanding and perspective that prepare us to be able to say yes to God when the next season arrives. So, I just wanted to take a moment to share a few badges from my own journey. These are lessons learned from past experiences, and truths that will shape how I approach the new seasons ahead.
Stick to the mission at hand.
Jesus is all-powerful. According to Ephesians 3:20, when Christ dwells in our hearts and His love is established in us, we will find that He is “able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
When I was first starting out in ministry, traveling the country and playing my violin, I asked God, “What is my mission statement?” I knew that most ministries had one so I figured well, I better have one to. I’ll never forget how the Lord responded to me, because it remains the mission of my life, and will from now until the day I die. He said, “Coty, create an atmosphere where I can come and do what I want to do.”
And so, I have done my best in every area to do exactly that. In creating music, I worked at staying true to myself and creating music with the ability to open the heart, bring peace, administer hope, and create a safe place for God to come and do what only He can do. In leading worship, I do my best to remain mindful of honoring the presence of the one we are worshiping and work to establish an atmosphere that is free and open to the power of God moving in the midst of corporate offerings.
When I hand over the room and give Him full reign of our time, He is gracious to fill it and use it according to His purposes and plans.
Whether it’s easy or hard, keep saying YES to God. Your future self will thank you.
Saying yes to God has brought me to some incredible places, both spiritually and physically on my journey. If someone would have approached me at age 20 and told me of the things I would do over the decade that was in front of me, I would have never believed it. It sounds cliche to say that, but I wouldn’t have. I would have laughed them off.
As long as my body has strength, I will continue to do my best to say yes, because the beautiful things I hold most dear in life, have come from those moments. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always a walk in the park, but it’s so beautiful to see what tokens await you on the other side of a new chapter where a new level of faith is required and you are stretched to do things completely outside you capabilities. This is the place where new character is born and you gain tools that will make reaching further and higher possible in the days ahead.
All humanity shares a common bond.
If the moment ever arises where you begin to think that being a Christian reduces your need of Jesus’ blood, you have trouble coming. It is by his blood and through His sacrifice that we are saved and find our value. Period.
There are people in the world of Christianity that need saving. Saving from religion, saving from their misconstrued thoughts, and saving from themselves. In every situation and with every opportunity, I purpose to see the Spirit of God be given full reign to address and redeem the hurts, the longings, and the misconceptions of wandering hearts. He is so faithful to come in and bring life to the whole man, repairing and restoring that which was damaged and lost.
We keep perspective when we understand that our need for a Savior is the very thing that connects us with all of humanity. Because whether we realize it or not, just because we’ve received it, doesn’t change our need for it or Him.
Jesus has been, is now, and will always be enough, regardless of how hard or complicated people want to make it.
I am only one man, but I am on a mission. I believe that the revelation of who Jesus is, is in and of itself the most powerful breakthrough that any one person is in need of. He’s more capable of reaching people than I will ever be, it actually has very little to do with me, but partnering with Him to establish His Kingdom… that’s a humbling thing.
Thank you for those who are standing alongside me with your prayers, your encouragement, and your hard earned money. All of it propels me in this 5-week worship mission that approaches, and you will all reap the reward with me, of that I am sure.
If you are interested in seeing the progress of my fundraising and/or donating, you can do so by clicking the link here >>> GOFUNDME NEW ZEALAND 2015. I will keep you updated on my journey, and very much look forward to sharing it with you.
God is so indescribably good, and I hope you find yourself more encouraged and resolute in your search for Him after reading my works. That is always my desire and hope. May His love and grace abound toward you today, in Jesus’ name.
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