Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ready, set, grow


There is a powerful thing happening that floors me every time I think about it.  By the way, this post is going to be somewhat personal.  In the last 8 days and incredible thing has happened around our church.  4 people have accepted Jesus as their Savior.

No.  That’s not out of the ordinary.  At many churches and other places people are coming to know Jesus, but we’ve been praying and preparing for what God is going to do.  We believe that God prepared the church and her people for amazing things and great days.  I am reminded often that real life, the important things and what will last is people.  Not buildings or money or programs.  People are what matter to God.

Each of these 4 people are precious.  I’ve known them for a long time, and look what God has done.  I then turn to a meeting that I was in with some of my closest partners and friends, and the conversation goes in a direction that I wasn’t expecting.  I heard about what God is doing and how things have changed since several people have been listening closer to God.

God is up to some incredible things, and what I really desire is to see many lives change one at a time.  This is why God placed me where I am.  My kids are so cool.  All three of them and my wife know Jesus.  My son gave me a big hug before I left for a meeting today.  I love to hear the kids pray each night before we go to bed.

We must prepare ourselves for what God is doing, but if we are not watching or listening or seeking, we are going to miss what God is doing.  Literally the most important things in our lives are the people and the relationships that God brought into our lives.  I believe people are what we are to pour our lives and our impact in to.

John 3:21
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But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.

Romans 9:3
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for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

Are we missing what is important in life?  Do we care that some people don’t know Jesus?  That is what really matter.  Remember what gets me going is lives being changed.  God changed me, and I believe He has changed many of you.  He is ready to change others.

Ready, set, grow. 

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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