Purpose 193: Who We Are and Who We Are Called to Be in Christ with Robert Burton
Hey, Roar Nation! I’m happy to be back with you for another episode! We are focusing on the revelation of who we are in Christ and who we are called to be in this world. This concept will change your life! Are you living as an orphan in this world or as a true Son of the King? Join us for this encouraging conversation with today’s guest.
Robert Burton is the pastor of YES LORD Amarillo. He works with drug addicts and the homeless, people he calls “the least, the last, and the lost,” believing God has called him to this work to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for almost 30 years, and they have two daughters. His wife joins him in kingdom work, passionately teaching people about their true identity in the Lord. Robert looks for opportunities every day to tell people about their identity in Christ and break their “orphan spirit” with the Good News.
Robert tells the story of his personal orphan spirit, wrecked home life, total rejection of Jesus, and early alcohol addiction. A radical encounter with Jesus in 1997 in his early twenties turned his life around, changed his habits, cleaned up his life, and plunged him into God’s Word. Becoming a father to his first daughter gave him the truest picture of God’s love as a Father and propelled him forward into youth ministry, working with a rough and rowdy group of boys who needed to know God’s love. Every step in Robert’s journey has confirmed his identity in Christ as a son and a vessel to bring His love to others, even though he has had ups and downs as a pastor. Like all of us, he has been through ministry missteps and failures that left him broken, angry, bitter, and wounded. He shares his lessons learned about trusting God when you are crushed and broken, along with what it means to have compassion and choose forgiveness.
At the core of Robert’s message and ministry is the change that Jesus brings to broken and wasted lives. He pursues the unlovable with the message of God’s love as a faithful, compassionate Father. Listen in to hear the story of God’s amazing work in Robert’s life and ministry!