I know a lot of Christians who grow weary trying to get 'closer' to Jesus. Trying to 'feel closer' to him. Many of us have come to believe that our relationship with God is based on proximity - a sliding scale of 'near' or 'far' based on the faithfulness of our spiritual devotion. Leading to our relationship with Him being marked by a constant inconstancy.
But what if such thinking completely misses the point? What if you can check 'get close to Jesus' off your spiritual to-do list, and move onward and upward without ever looking back?
My friend David Hickman not only wore himself out for years with a proximity-based approach to his faith, it almost drove this gifted and brutally honest man of God out of ministry.
One of the great joys of my life these days is in addition to doing ministry, I get to build into and cheer on many younger men and women as they discover and live out their calling for ministry. David has been one of those guys. After being in youth and young adult ministry while attending Gordon-Conwell Seminary, David founded 'Charlotte ONE,' a vibrant ministry that helps churches reach 20-30 something together for Christ.
Along the way he was a member of Lake Forest for a few years until moving to South End. My favorite thing about David at Lake Forest was that this remarkable speaker and preacher of God's Word chose to share his gifts and time at our church by being on the parking team. Put on the orange vest, sweat it out on weeks like this, hang with that fellowship of men who are core servants, and serve the body of Christ with sweat and good humor.
As we met over burgers from time to time, David let me in on the fact that he was struggling. Mightily. In spite of the success of his ministry, the beauty of a young family, and his obvious gifts and calling. If you want to know his story, more importantly if you want to know how to get off the 'gotta get closer to Jesus' train and move to unshakeable peace and freedom in Christ, David's new book is for you:
Part of David's story is a testament to how much we all need to invite mentors and soul-friends to walk with us at critical points of our life. In the book, you'll meet and get to know the wise spiritual direction and heart of two men who've been key mentors in my own life - Fil Anderson and my dad, Mike Moses Sr. David was wise enough to seek out and meet with these gentle giants of the spiritual life in the midst of his crisis.
Slowly, he discovered the truth that he was already in perfect union with Christ, along with how to move from anxiety to rest, living out of the glorious freedom of the children of God. The book is laugh-out loud funny and wincingly honest at times. David also gets deeply theological while managing to keep it practical for daily living out our freedom in Christ.
I read this book with increasing joy during my study leave this summer. I hope you will too, it was just released last Monday. Thank you David for serving us all and pointing us to our union with God through Jesus Christ. You can buy it here.