Monday, February 11, 2013

they were in the room

Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

As the end of Sunday’s worship one of our church leaders and I were talking, and it was evident that God was speaking to him in big ways.  He shared with me that as he looked around at the people who gathered to worship he was amazed at their stories.  It was humbling and evident that God is doing things we don’t understand and things we can’t do or see without Him.

Sunday evening was a bit the same as I went to a local church for a special event.  There were people present from about 15 churches.  I knew several of them.  The stories of these friends and what God is doing in their respective churches really is amazing.  God is working through His church.  I mean in all the churches because we are one in Jesus. 

In both situations there were stories to share from people who love God and whose lives have been changed by God.  I think about the man who has given his life for years to serve God and his church, but now God has opened new doors for he and his wife to work on the other side of the world.  Then you have the story of the mom who is divorces.  She recently turned her life back to Jesus and is seeking God each day.  Even in the struggles she is seeing God move each day.  Across the room is an older lady who had been faithful all her life and never misses church.  Her smile is contagious as she is known by loving and serving people.

They were in the room, but they are not ordinary people.  They look ordinary.  Their lives are what me might call average with not much extra or extraordinary.  But they are.  Their lives are set on a coarse for God, heading His direction and listening for His voice and calling. 

When people are seeking God and doing what God calls them to do, things will be different.  Lives will be chanced.  Their life and other lives will be changed because they have chosen to answer the call of God.  That makes them, each of them, extraordinary and useful to God.  I am one of them.

It is not because the label we wear because of the church we attend or because of some experience we have.  We are one in Christ, and we are all part of something much bigger and much greater than what would happen on our own.  They were in the room and so was I. 

We each have a story to tell.  It is the story of what God has done, what God is doing and what God will do in and through our lives.  Don’t just dream about being part of something great.  Be great by following God.  Share you story often.  Stop and be amazed by God and what He is doing in the lives of others.  You are not alone. 

As I experienced yesterday, they were in the room and so was I.  There are big things ahead that I am excited to be part of.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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