Monday, June 2, 2008

just out of our reach [+] Monday E-Devotion

Matthew 9:37-38 (esv) --- Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
 
This has been a great weekend for our church and for another church in our community.  Community Worship was packed Sunday morning and almost electric with excitement and expectation.  I have been praying for sometime that God would help The Community Fellowship move to the next level.
 
It is a faith issue.  We hired our 2nd staff member a week ago.  More steps to take are ahead along with the possibility of combining 2 churches into one.  (Pray for that with us.)
 
Last evening as I was sharing with the House of Prayer their worship leader shared what God taught him yesterday while standing under a fruit tree.  First, John has asked God to speak, and God did.  He noticed that some of the fruit was just out of his reach, and when he used a small step ladder that he could reach more fruit.
 
In seeking God's direction about the House of Prayer and The Community Fellowship working together, we now see that joining our efforts, our hearts and catching the vision that God has given us.  By coming together, we will be able to impact more people, some of those who are right now 'just out of our reach'.  More people for Jesus.  Bigger stuff for God's kingdom.  It is all about Him.
 
This is an exciting time.  The One Prayer series begins this coming Sunday with over 1,200 churches focusing in the same direction.  No telling how many more lives, how many more churches and how great the impact will be for God's kingdom.  Get on the boat 'cause this is gonna be an awesome ride.
 
As a leader, I often ask God how we can push forward to the next level?  The answer is simple in the verse above.  Pray.  Seek God.  Follow His lead.  Do nothing else.
 
If we do that, then we will see and be able to change the world and the outlook and the eternal destiny of people who are 'just out of our reach'.

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