CALLED TO BATTLE
I have always heard that a good offense equals a good defense. The church must go on offense now. We can no longer sit here on HWY 11 and assume that this church will grow. I am beginning my third year here now. We have grown…some. For this church to do well at a time when people are not going to church like in years past, we must be deliberate now. We must understand that we are a “sent” people. One early church father said, “If we really believe what the Bible says about heaven and hell then we would go out into our neighborhoods, our streets, and we would invite everyone we know. We would be on the phone at night with our relatives, and we would invite people to our homes to get to know them.” We would invest in new people. A friend of mine was telling me a story about Pastor David Platt’s early vision for the church of Brook Hills. He said Platt was always bold, in fact from the pulpit early on he said, “We are going global with ministry, you might not like that, but this is where we are going, and if you are one of our long time members, if you actually disagree with this vision, at least stay out of “our way”. You talk about bold! I thought I was edgy. There is every reason in the world to stay home, and be quiet and safe; A sagging economy, sickness, political strife, division within the UMC, division within the family unit, hatred at an all-time high, war, social media addiction, and just plain “ole” comfort. The people of God must now battle. Our way of life is fading. People being taught to live for God is not happening as much now. There will always be pockets of the truly faithful, as we are told that the Light still shines. We are Kingdom citizens; therefore, we do not choose to play it safe when called. We break out and breakthrough. We become the voice in the wilderness. We long to see every seat filled in our church and every chain broken. We smile at Baptisms and tears flow when we see professions of faith. We know the heavens rejoice when one sinner turns and repents. We instruct our children and grandchildren that God has been so faithful to us. We don’t want people to choose Jesus just for heaven, but for here in this life. We know it’s crazy to say that He talks with us and walks with us, but we know that He does. We know that His Spirit guides us continually. We dare to seek to be more like Jesus every day. Let me be clear… Jesus fished for people. We must do the same. This is when we look the most like Him.
It’s on now. It must be.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” – Matt. 7 :20
NOTE: This post is not done out of desperation, but out of Hope that you will understand what call is before you.
Until the nets are full,