I have been reflecting over the past couple of days on the power and wonder in this great story of redemption that we are living in. From the beginning of time to the present day, God has been weaving His story across time and space, inviting men and women to join in and take part. When you spend time around people who are being transformed by God’s power, it gives perspective to what really matters in life. As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of taking part in the greatest story, the greatest cause, the greatest movement in the history of mankind.
In a world where many have no purpose and wander aimlessly through life, the offer of God is to be a part of something huge, something that matters for all of life and beyond this life into eternity. I wonder how often we forget that this is what we share in, this is what we are to give our time, effort, and energy to. What a treasure we have in Jesus and all the promises of God’s word! It is a shame that many phrases that describe this reality (“treasure in Heaven,” “children of God,” etc) become part of a non-relevant “christianese” that gets written off by most people almost immediately. But truthfully, we have access to a priceless resource of Truth (the Bible), we have direct relationship with True Reality Himself (God), and we have a mission to accomplish (the Gospel) that matters more than anything. Any time give to remembering this truth is well spent. When I focus on my problems and whine about how I don’t have enough money or don’t get to do what I want, I quickly forget the size and scope of all of this. Sometimes I need to be reminded.
God has been taking me into a time of renewed intensity in prayer, and I have really enjoyed the time that I have spent with Him seeking His face. It is true what Jesus said, “come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matt 11:28) and “seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33). Seeking Him grants perspective like nothing else does, and it frees us up to focus on what really matters. Give it a try, pour out your heart to Him. He promises to listen and lift your burdens.
This weekend is going to be a special one. While baptisms and salvation can happen anytime, there will be a unique time set aside in our services for people to respond to the call of God on their lives. This opportunity, along with a sense of expectation for what God has in store for us, has continued to spur us on in our prayers for God to move and to bring many into the Kingdom. Will you join me in praying for our church, our community and our world? The INFINITE God has much of Himself that He desires to pour out to those that seek after Him!