O.k. Let’s just get honest. God has been convicting me today about the reality of service.
He has been showing me…get this…
Yet, how many of us want a Christianity we can tuck tidily, at the bottom of our to-do list? A religion we can scoop into a few hours of worship, on Sundays?
How many of us want to love without suffering or hardships? To help people without things getting messy or complicated?
And so what do we manage? And how do we un-do this self-created nirvana-like doctrine that somehow seems to pacify us into contentment and complacency?
And why do we hide our believe-systems, or capture our doctrine conveniently into some photo and place it on pinterest for all to see?
Why is it so easy to take our religion and compact and compartmentalize it…as if Jesus was small, not big?
Still, let’s face it…It’s often easier to escape from messy people and hard service than to deal with them? Slam the door or close our ears to the reality that people are addicted; to time, drugs, selfies, their own self-created life-styles?
It’s easier to live in apathy, letting our good works become lip service; our belief in Jesus shrink to be no more than a prayer we said in a church service once, on Sunday?
Yet, isn’t it the same God we minimize the one who…
- Created the Universe in a Word
- Called and redeemed and set free those prisoners
- Filled a boat with fish. Turned a few loaves and bread into a smorgasbord for thousands
- Took the widows, outcast, the prostitutes and gave them everything they needed
Isn’t He the same God who got “messy” for others? For you? For me?
So, why can’t we do more than pat someone on the head and throw money at them?
Weren’t we made to bend low, meet the needs He sets before us? Climb out of our comfy confines and do as He commanded…”Go” and share the gospel, with both in word and deed?
Do we turn away the drug addict who gives us her children, the homeless man begging, the broken people he sends us, simply because things might get messy or hard.
Yet, isn’t the real reason we don’t serve, is because other people’s problems can make us feel like, we aren’t enough?
But today friends, I am reminded.
- We don’t have to be enough. He is.
- We don’t have to come up with the plan, the good deed, or even the resources.
- When He calls us, He will equip us.
- We don’t have to be funny enough, or nice enough, smart enough, or even spiritual enough.
Isn’t all He is asking of us is our full surrender to His purposes. That’s it.
I read on Francis Chan’s Facebook lately, “What are you doing right now that requires faith”...
And I was convicted because, often I measure myself by my past, or others, by my resources, or even what I think I
am equipped to do.
But God says, step out in faith. Do things that aren’t just “safe” but those things that are so big, so grande, that Jesus has to come through or it just won’t happen.
And I want that, don’t you? A life lived dangerous and bold, a life lived so grande that people will look at the cards I hold and say, “That HAS to be God in her…clearly that’s not Jen.”
I read another message about faith. On it many said they only hope for, “healing” or “better relationships”…
But what if we believed God for more that earthly changes?
What if we pressed in and not only prayed big prayers, but also got messy and made those faith-visions come true?
- Aren’t we called to plow forward and not look back?
- Aren’t we called to leave mother and father and do the work God has predestined for us?
- Doesn’t faith necessitate us doing more than simply existing, but grabbing hold of a doctrine where Jesus really does things that don’t always make sense to our fragile, simple minds?
And friend, don’t the miracles come when we truly get, the God of the Universe actually wants us to get messy, in order to change the world.
He wants those who will do more than talk about their faith, but who live the gospel with not just words, but deeds.
As I write this, I am thinking of how my world may change completely in just a very short time.
And how I want to be so brave that I care more about His praises, than my own contentment, or living so that I can be “happy”.
Won’t you jump all in to life with me today? The messy? The Miracles? The power found in a God who lives with power and purpose?
He is bigger than just attending church on Sunday. He has a life to give you that is grander than anything we could ever ask, think, or imagine.
Isn’t it time we take the leap, into His purposes?