A Mission to Embrace

We were called this week to “Embrace the Mission.”

What mission? It is the sharing of the hope of new life made possible by Jesus’ death and resurrection until every creature on earth has heard from us and seen in us the truth of God’s unfathomable love.

As to how we approach that mission, we have to seek the vision that can only come from being fixated upon Jesus (it is born of worship). That’s the vision we were challenged to enlarge. But, let’s face it…we have a hard time embracing something for which we can only see the first step.

I have written before about my loathing of the stupid triptik – a device from days gone by that was basically a map of a desired journey that was chopped up into pieces and bound together. I hated that thing because I wanted to see the whole thing. I wanted to know the journey and not just the next step.

The reality is that the mission is so much bigger than me that I could not possibly see or understand it all. It’s so much greater than I am capable of comprehending. And I, like a single soldier among a great army must be fully, passionately, and unceasingly committed to the mission. Continue reading A Mission to Embrace

Revision of Vision

Dwelling upon the many powerful moments this week, the second phrase to which our attention has been drawn is simply, “Enlarge the Vision.”

Every pastor has something of a vision of seeing lives transformed. But, when faced with the challenge to expand or enlarge that vision, it can seem like being accosted about our lack of faith. We want to see God work in amazing ways but don’t really believe that He would do that – not in us or in our circumstances.

I could put a pretty “holy” spin on that by telling you it’s because I recognize what an unworthy tool I am and that, for God to do anything at all in and through my life, it’s nothing short of miraculous…but that would only highlight the absurdity of thinking what God can do is in any possible way dependent upon me. Ridiculous, no?

I have a small vision (if any at all) because I have a small faith. Continue reading Revision of Vision

Born of Worship

I’ve been in meetings this week with representatives from hundreds of churches – new and old – from around the world. I have missed this meeting the last few years, but I am enamored with the things I see God doing among us.

Our brother that was chosen to lead this meeting has challenged us with three very simple, very powerful phrases. The first one, “Exalt in Worship,” I must confess at first seemed a little plain to me. But he pointed out that all that we ever hope to accomplish in the kingdom of God begins with acknowledging God for who He is…recognizing His worth…which is precisely the meaning of the word, “worship” – to see the worth of God.

As I have been reflecting on this idea, I realized that the most powerful things that God has done in my life have come out of a time of intimate experience of God’s presence. Continue reading Born of Worship