There is something beating in my heart that I have to share. I was beginning today's e-devotion yesterday when I needed to stop and think. Re-evaluate most of my thoughts and even my vision. Bear with me for a few minutes.
We've just started a Men's Bible study here at church. So far 4 of us have shown up (others are invited...let me know if you'd like to join us). Here is part of what I memorized this week for our time together.
John 15:13 (nlt) --- There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Sometimes those acts of love hurt. They often cost us a lot and take huge amounts of energy. Yet the outcome is freedom for yourself and others. Think about it. Loving the way that Jesus loved us cost Him His life, but it gained for us eternal life. What are we willing to give so that others will see and know and come to God?
As a church leader, one of the things that gets me and makes me almost scream with joy is to watch people grow spiritually. Two cases yesterday were a young girl from our church calling me to say she accepted Jesus (awesome and I am so proud of Amber Brooks), and the other is a gentleman who has been attending our church beginning to serve (helped with our clothes closet last night). I love to watch people get up and join with others.
3 John 1:4 (nasb) --- I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
What can we do to help others become who God made them to be? Here is my big thought for the day and to close out the week: we must be fueling the dreams of others. That means not just living out our dreams, but we need to understand that the dreams that God gives us have everything to do with helping other people be their best and fulfill their God given dreams.
"The ultimate goal of everything we do is to point people to Christ. A dream center is a place where people can come to find hope and learn about God's dream for their lives, and where those dreams can be fueled. We have found dream centers to be a great way to create an environment where people can find hope on the bottom shelf, where they can reach it." (Dino Rizzo, Servolution, page 180)
I have a dream. It is to have a dream center in Collinsville, Henry County, Virginia. Earlier this week I mentioned that God is increasing my dreams. There it is. Now I ask you to join me. Pray for this, and lets see people begin to fulfill their dreams. That means we have to fuel their dreams. Much like putting gas in the take of your car or food in your stomach, is giving people what they need to really live out their dreams. Are you with me?
Philippians 2:3 (nasb) --- Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as moreimportant than yourselves;
Hebrews 10:24 (nlt) --- Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
We can be and must be fueling the dreams of others. By the way, that will fuel our dreams too if they are the dreams God has given us. I'm passionate about this because this is what The Community Fellowship is all about. Lets start now fueling those dreams!
NOTE: there will not be any devotions next week as I will be with our mission team in Burnsville, West Virginia. Pray for the team, the trip and the impact Jesus will have on the people we meet. E-Devotions will resume on Monday, July 27th.