When I was a boy, my dad would often take me out to the garage to our little workshop, light a fire in the cast iron potbelly stove, and have what he would call, "a heart to heart." He would say, "Don, you and I need to have a heart to heart talk." Then, he would proceed to instruct my life in some way, address an issue that he felt was particularly sensitive, or simply share something he had been thinking about and he wanted to bring me into his thoughts.
Regardless of the content, the motive was consistent - a "heart to heart" with dad was always an expression of his love for me.
The gospel of John records a moment like this with Jesus and his disciples. In John 15:15, Jesus expresses a moment of friendship and heart connection with his disciples when he said,
“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” (John 15:15, NLT)
The relationship of Jesus to his followers was to be one of companionship, friendship, and intimacy. Jesus had come to show them the Father, and sharing with them those things the Father had shown him was one way Jesus accomplished that calling.
As the pastor of this church family, there are times when I would like to sit down with each of you in a little wood shop over a cup of coffee and the warmth of a wood-fire stove for a "heart to heart" talk. I would love a place where we could get together and share the insights, encouragement, and direction we each receive from the Word, the Spirit's promptings, and the insights from the activity of God in the world around us.
So, let me ask you to do this. Since it's not possible to sit and talk personally with each of you, I want to invite you to visit this blog throughout the week. Here is where I will post my thoughts about the Holy Spirit's work in my life and in our lives together as the family of First Missionary Church.
Grab a cup of your favorite coffee, turn on some quiet music, and let's have a heart to heart talk. Post your thoughts and responses. Let's share a few moments about this amazing journey called the Christian life and what we are learning along the way.