In light of September 11, 2001, we have all come to realize that our world can change in the blink of an eye. In a time of tragedy we tend to turn to the Spiritual and God. It is sometimes frustrating to find that in our most desperate hour we find no solace because we do not recognize His voice. It is to our detriment that we have allowed our busyness to replace a developed relationship with God.
The church of today is attempting to accommodate, entertain and retain people rather than providing real answers to real problems. I believe that this is why the church has not progressed to a greater degree toward the mark of "Gloriousness", which Jesus foretold. Why? The church of this age is so BUSY with the BUSYNESS OF DOING; we cannot hear what God is saying. We have become Human "doings" rather than Human "beings". We have lost the art of LISTENING as well as the courage to simply, DO what God is DOING and SAY what God is SAYING.
Two household chores "washing" and "ironing" depict what I'm speaking of in a remarkable manner. How do you remove "spots" and "wrinkles" from clothing? Washing and ironing. But, since the art of doing laundry is a thing of the past we miss this analogy. How do you remove "wrinkles" from clothing? You iron them out. What is ironing? It is the application of heat and pressure, which smoothes out the wrinkles. As we move this into the human arena we are confronted with vehement resistance. We do not like "heat" or "pressure". We live in a push button society and a microwave world. Everything is instant!
God instructed Israel during the wilderness journey to not erect permanent structures. Why? They were simply passing through to their ultimate destination. They dwelled in temporary structures and did not amass hordes of things or obligations in life. Many of us are stuck where we are today because we have allowed ourselves to become overly encumbered by possessions and obligations. We are so enslaved to this world that we can neither hear God nor follow Him completely.
It is God's desire to take each believer into His laundry room and prepare us for service. He wants us to realize that just because we are busy at religious things it does not mean that we are spiritual. We need to learn the four causes of burnout and avoid them. It is imperative that we develop "Ears to Hear" in our relationship with God. As we learn the secret of relationship and God's provisions through His covenant we will find restoration to what He designed us to be. It is my desire to see each person free from the bondage of performance so they can enjoy the freedom of relationship.
Roy Beaird was raised in a rural Methodist home. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War with a tour of duty in 1967. It was after returning from that war that he made a full commitment to Christ and answered the call to full time ministry. He has pastored in Texas and Oklahoma as well as traveling throughout the United States and in parts of Europe in ministry. He is a five-fold minister who is recognized as having a strong prophetic gift and preaching ministry. He is president and co-founder of Covenant Life Ministries, Inc. with his wife Dr. Lovonne Beaird. The message that ignites his spirit is Christ, Covenant Living and Hearing God. He is actively involved in mentoring young men and women in Kingdom Life and service. He regularly challenges leaders to lead through relationship. Training leaders, he says, is the most effective way to expand the Kingdom. It is a leaders function in their own gift they are able to help others find their own gift(s) and calling. He delights in teaching others to "hear" God and walk in the fullness of God's Covenant.