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Are You Moved by the Right Things?

When most people get started in the ministry, they’re usually moved by the right things.

They want to change the world for the glory of God.
Make an impact on their generation.
See God move in bold, fresh ways.

But it doesn’t always stay this way. Before long, you can start being moved by all the wrong things.

Critics.
Competition.
Fear.
Bitterness.
Comfort.

And then you’re no better than the people you swore you would never be like back when you started. You lose your center. And if you don’t lose your effectiveness, you at least lose your joy. Which is just as bad.

I don’t know how many years you’ve been in ministry. And I don’t care. I don’t know what moved you in the early days of your ministry. And I don’t care. Whoever you are and whatever got you into this, you’ve got to make sure as you get more mature in the ministry that you’re moved by the right things.

Salvation.
Compassion.
Unity.
Life change.
Truth.

In short, you’ve got to be moved by what moves the heart of God. 

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Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Church meets at eight locations in the Charlotte area, as well as one location in Toronto, Canada. The church has been named one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.