The intrepid Church – a life of MORE
What does MORE mean to me?
On the first day of this year, I was walking upstairs in the morning with my coffee when God arrested me with the word ‘love’. It hit me with a wave of joy and was accompanied by a sense of fullness within. As I was driving up north later that day and praying about it, I realised that I hadn’t felt empty either before or after that moment; it was a new fullness. Suddenly I knew that this year would be a year in which not only my capacity to receive God’s love and to love God would be continually increased, but also my capacity to love and serve others. I know this won’t always be easy or convenient, but I also know that there will be a spirit of joy over it because He will be instilling in me His love for them and His passion for their welfare and future.
By extension, what does MORE mean to me for the church?
Lavish, wide-eyed wonder, persistence, joy, fulfilled yearning, freshness, new God-given desires.
I see a church of the wholehearted: a church whose capacity to love is continually being increased, whose threshold of inconvenience dissipates in the knowledge of who we are and what we’re called to; a people who live full—who arrive full and ready to contribute as co-labourers but expectant for the overflow; a church whose influence transcends the natural limitations of walls, whose members take the Kingdom into families, friendship circles, workplaces and public spaces in the way that they live, love, speak and serve; a people passionate about welcoming the lost home into the family.
I see a people commissioned: who live life on purpose; who do not vacillate or waver according to popular opinion, but stand for truth with conviction; who hurry, without lingering, to obey; who live from a greater place of intimacy with the Father, whose confidence derives from this.
I see a people who delight in doing the work of the Father; who live in the awareness that the church is not mere brick and mortar or a service time, but rather that THEY are the church and that they are called to be salt and light wherever they go. I see truth, love, grace and prayer permeating every aspect of each person’s life, transforming the culture of this world to align with the culture of heaven.
I see an army united in purpose, gathered under the banner of His love,moving forward with authority and praise to take new ground previously undiscovered. I see an unprecedented level of engagement. I see purity of intent—a people who earnestly seek the LORD with all their hearts. I see freedom and joy.
“For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the LORD.” – Habakkuk 2:14 (NLT)
“God has sent me to give them a beautiful crown in exchange for ashes,
To anoint them with gladness instead of sorrow, to wrap them in victory, joy, and praise instead of depression and sadness. People will call them magnificent, like great towering trees standing for what is right. They stand to the glory of the Eternal who planted them.” – Isaiah 61:3 [VOICE]
“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight. He shrouds his throne with his clouds. He created the horizon when he separated the waters; he set the boundaries for day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are some of the minor things he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who can understand the thunder of his power?” – Job 26:7-14 (NLT)
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