August 2, 2011
“Is Your God Big Enough!”
One of my favorite stories from the New Testament is the story of the birth of the church at Pentecost. You know the story where the disciples are waiting in the upper room together for the coming of the spirit Jesus promised them. As they are there waiting the Holy Spirit comes violently and loudly and it fills each of them and their lives are never the same again. It is a story of God’s great power being sent into the life of the world through the disciples. This event changes the lives of those who experienced it and it changed the course of world history. Through the work of the Holy Spirit and it’s expression through the witness of people, Christianity spread like wild fire and transformed the known world of that time. For them God became big enough to do anything!
As I think about my life and my leadership in the church I oftentimes realize I fail to allow God to be big enough in the world in which I work and serve. I find myself limiting the work of the Holy Spirit by always qualifying what I do as a person of faith or what our church can do as the body of Christ. I read this story from Acts 2 and it just seems so unbelievable that sometimes I find myself using the disclaimer for such a story that it might have worked like that then, but…… Why must I limit the work of God in my life? How can I come to the place Paul was as he gave himself to a very present God and lived the moments of his life very large. I want to live my life like that. I want to live free enough to just surrender to the will and work of a God that knows no limits. I want to be a part of the work of such a God. I truly believe that when we are in the will of God the resources are made available to do the work. When God leads us where God wants us to go God provides!
We just returned from Kenya, our Belize team did great work in the school there, the YAC is almost complete, 10 new members joined our church two Sundays ago, we will baptize three of our youth Sunday, over 160 kids joined us for VBS with 100 people volunteering during the week, and the list goes on and on. God is big!!! I just love that about God!! It is fun being a part of what such a God is doing among us here! God changed the world with a handful of people led by God’s spirit! Who knows what else God will seek to do in and through you and me! My prayer is that we won’t limit God here and what we believe God is doing among us. Is your God big enough? I sure hope so!
I will see you on the road,