I don’t really know where to begin therefore I will start from where I am in this moment….
We are 19 days away from launching Revolution Church. Many of you keep up with our facebook page as well as get our updates via email. I am sitting here this morning in complete awe of how things have come full circle. This time last year we were in the midst of walking away from a ministry we had poured our hearts into for many years. I have some of my closest friends that are walking beside me now as a result of that ministry. A lot of healing, anger and other emotions all ran their course as we walked away from all we knew and other emotions formed as we begin to take the steps into this new season in our lives as a couple and as a family. God has transformed my heart and pushes me daily to desire His word alone. I have come out of fear and entered a place of walking humbly with my God. I have came out of people pleasing and entered into a place of walking with friendships that build me up and push me to see the truths of God’s word but with laughter and some fun along the way. Sharing life with people has become a highlight of my life and seeing my girls in the midst of this forgotten and parched and dry land we now call our church community has become a spiritual marker in both of their lives. I have seen poverty at its worst and I have seen and heard things I never in a million years thought my kids would see and hear and yet I rejoice in those teachable moments. We can shelter and we can protect but what kind of audacious faith is that really? I am not telling you to go throw yourself or your kids in the midst of danger… but I see God’s hand every week working in their hearts as they develop a love for His people. I am not just talking about it with them they are living it. As Christ followers we have devotionals and bible studies and blah blah blah that talk about how to live your life and training on how to interact with people and then we never ever place ourselves in situations that we have to fully rely on God to walk us through it. I love the picture of the “good Samaritan” passage.
Luke 10: 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man,. 32 So too, a Levite he passed by on the other side, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The Samaritan did three things.. He went to where HE WAS… HE SAW HIM.. and took pity on him. Look around where you are if your comfortable there is your first red flag. Following God requires selfless faith and complete and total surrender. Paul said take up your cross DAILY and take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE. Its easy to set inside church hear and learn all you can but if you aren’t PLACING yourself in situations to exercise the faith all you will end up being is spiritually fat. Don’t wait for change BE THE CHANGE!!