Focus on Big Things!
Tullian TchividjianWilliam Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian has authored a number of books including Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway). He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S., and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God's grace. When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children—Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.
- 2009 Feb 12
Thank you all so much for your gracious words and your great prayers. We are so grateful for the support and encouragement that we have received from people all over the country.
I’ve been greatly impressed by the way God has answered our prayers to make people in both churches (New City and Coral Ridge) humble and teachable; willing and desirous to follow God’s lead regardless of what it may cost them personally. Those who are willing to cast aside their personal comforts and preferences for the sake of the Big Picture–the ever expanding Kingdom of God–have inspired me and strengthened my trust in Him.
To all of those who are willing to change and serve and grow and be stretched and lose it all for the sake of Christ, I applaud you–more importantly, God applauds you. To those who are ready to take up their cross, and “go outside the camp”–who understand that it’s better to give than to receive, to be self-sacrificial rather than self-serving, to look out for the interests of others before your own interests, to live life going to the back instead getting to the front–I thank you for fueling my weak faith. To those who understand that we are owners of nothing and stewards of everything–that God is God and we are not–we need you.
God is on the move, everybody. He is changing the world. What an undeserved joy it is to play a small part in his big enterprise.
Remember: focus on the big things. The big things–world changing things!
This past Sunday I reminded everyone that if we Christians are asked what we want to do with our lives and our answer is anything smaller than, “I want to change the world” then we are offending God with our small expectations. God is changing the world and he has enlisted his fallible people to join him in his work. Small things are used by the Devil to fuel big anxieties–which inevitably become big distractions. Don’t let him get a foothold. Focus on the Big Things!
Keep looking up in faith, not down in fear. Peter only started to drown when he stopped looking at Jesus. Trust in him. Bank on him. He will always be good to his people.