Being about our Father’s Work

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome to 2014 everyone! The dawn of the New Year brings even more fantastic opportunities to be disciples for Christ. I am extremely excited for 2014 and this upcoming semester. The Lord is doing great things in and through the Shandon College Ministry and the USC campus and will continue to do so this next year. I pray that as we move into this new semester that we all will decide to be a part of the work God is doing.

Before we can decide anything, we must first understand our purpose in God’s plan. In short, why are we here? Why don’t we just go straight to heaven after we profess faith in Christ? Clearly, God has kept us here for a reason. Is it that God just wants us to enjoy life, have fun, get married, have kids, and make money? No! It is not bad to do or have these things in life, but they are not the ultimate reason why we are here. We are here on earth to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Within that we get the great honor of being his witnesses to the world. God is sovereign and omnipotent; He does not need us to spread the gospel of his Son. Out of His grace, He chooses to use us to make His name famous throughout all the nations. We don’t have to bring the gospel to the nations we get to!

Jesus states in Acts 1:8, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” We know from what Jesus said that we are not alone in our witnessing. Far from it! We have the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit, who blesses and empowers us with Spiritual Gifts that give us a solid foundation to be His witness. With a backing in the Holy Spirit, we are set up for victory in Christ when we go out and witness to the world. Not only will this empowerment embolden us to reach the lost, but it will allow us to forge a stronger and closer communion with God than we could otherwise.

Last year at Passion, Francis Chan said something that stuck with me and has proven to be true over and over again in my life. He said, “If you really want to experience God, then go and make disciples.” When we are on the mission for Christ, we get to experience God in a mighty way; His power, might, peace, joy, love, and truth surround us and become a present reality in our lives. God wants us to experience Him and live in His joy and therefore allows us to be used by Him.

Sometimes the thought of giving everything to God is an intimidating one. Our lives are filled with responsibilities and pleasures that would have to be given up in heedless pursuit of God. These fears can be assuaged by looking to the apostle Paul, a man who literally gave up everything to be used by God. Yet, he says that he counts all those things “as loss for the sake of Christ” and “rejoices in [his] sufferings,” (Philippians 3:8 and Colossians 1:24). Paul saw his suffering and sacrifice as joy because of Christ. He was filled with the joy and peace of Christ experiencing Him in a mighty way. To Paul Christ was worth it: He was his treasure, his joy, and his life.

I pray and urge every one of you not to miss out on what God has for this next semester. Don’t get so distracted by things of the world that you miss out on what God is doing. I promise you will regret it. God is moving, will you be a part of it? My prayer is that we would surrender our lives to God, to be used my Him in many ways to reach others for Christ.

Upcoming Events:

January 26 – College lunch at Shandon

–       great invite opportunity!

January 28 – John Lennox Lecture “Can Religion and Science Co-Exist?”

–       @ 8pm Russell House Ballroom

–       great invite and equipping opportunity!

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