“What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Cor. 4:7). There is not a single good thing about me or in my possession that is not from the Lord. I truly am ‘one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.’ And oh, what glorious bread it is! I cannot boast in myself, but only in Jesus Christ—the Son of God—who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I grew up in a Christian home and, when I was ten, the Spirit drew me to the Father through faith in the Son at a summer church camp. In that moment for me, knowledge became reality, and I genuinely believed the truth of the Gospel. Shortly after, in an effort of obedience, I followed Him in baptism by immersion.
The Lord shook my world again at the age of 19, calling me into the ministry. At first, I resisted Him with excuses and shortcomings that seemed a mile long. It was clear that, without giving into this call of God, I would waste my life. I began working as a youth pastor, which quickly transformed into an assistant pastor role. During that pastorate, the Lord led me to seminary and to the Southern Baptist Convention by convictions I saw in the scriptures. Throughout seminary, God only deepened my desire to preach. Not only to preach, but to preach the Bible expositionally and shepherd the flock of God with a great-commission emphasis on missions, discipleship, and evangelism. By God’s grace, hopefully these things have been the hallmarks of my ministry as a senior pastor.
Now, more than ever, I am committed to the Biblical literacy of God’s people, the necessity of genuine conversions within the church, and training and shepherding disciples who will cast the Gospel net as far and as wide as possible. All of my effort in any arena of life is done in hopes of glorifying God as He puts Himself on display through the work of Christ in me, beggar of all beggars. I echo Paul, bondservant of Christ Jesus: “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” Servants don’t need titles or accolades, just directions, and that’s what I have received.