Last night we started tackling the creation of what will be the Outreach Office. We are painting, repurposing, and forming a space that will be a refuge and place of prayer for many people. It is exciting to see things form, even though there is a long way to go.
As we were working, our friend Mark stopped by and we all began discussing how we see God moving and reshaping so many things. Mark compared it to driving on a curvy road through beautiful mountain scenery. There is so much to observe all along the way.
And it’s true that the world around us is changing dramatically. However, it’s important to note that it’s not just changing in a bad way. I believe the Church is being called up from the ashes like never before in history. The question is: will we answer that call?
If we do, we will see things that we never imagined happen in our communities, nation, and world. I don’t know about you, but I REALLY want to see God do something amazing in and through the Church. I want to see courage arise in the lives of those who follow Christ. I want to see genuine faith demonstrated. I’m tired of the Sunday commitment and the title. I want to see the life lived out.
The Church is standing at a moment of decision. Mark used the illustration of jumping off the diving board for the first time. There are some who go up first and jump, and others who stand back and watch them, trying to build up the courage to do it themselves. I think that’s truly what it means to encourage each other – to give each other courage to climb up that ladder, walk to the edge, and jump.
Can I speak right now to all who love Jesus, to those who follow Him? Can I speak to those who are afraid of taking that step, any step, toward that choice? Let’s do this together. Let’s go in deep.
Jesus uses the illustration of a seed that must die for new life to rise up. The same is true with us. We must die to our fear, selfishness, and pride. We must get to the point where there is no hesitation when we hear His voice. As the Church, we must be unified for one purpose – to see light conquer darkness and to see God’s love conquer the world of hatred that is rising up so powerfully right now.
And you know what? I’ve read the end of the book…and we win. Jesus wins. Do you realize what a big deal that is? Remember that – when times get hard and you want to back down. Remember that – when everything inside of you is screaming to take what seems to be the easy way out. Remember that – when your life is put on display for the cause of Christ. We win.
So take that step. Climb that ladder. Walk to the edge and jump. Come on, Church! Let’s go in deep. The time is NOW.