30 days of growth: together we can impact a world

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Christine Caine leads a charge against sexual slavery and entrapment of young girls and women.

Compassion International bands millions together in the fight against hunger and a lack of education for children in third world countries.

Angela Moran, a stay-at-home mama, raises money selling purses to build safe houses.

My friends, Darrin and Sarah, have dedicated their lives to a small church in Oklahoma.

A young mother holds her child close, determined to do differently than her own abusive childhood, and to raise her child in stability and in the love of Jesus.

We all have a part in building the kingdom of God. 

What in the world does that mean, Suzie?

From the beginning, Christ came so that we might be free. His mission statement is found in Luke 4:18-19.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

And we get to partner in that! 

That might look different for each of us, for there are no clones in the body of Christ. And there are people you can reach, that I can’t. But when we join together. . . what might take place?

In Ephesians 2:20-21, Paul is encouraging the Gentiles and Jews to set aside the differences and build together on a solid foundation. He asked them to become a united church where the power of God lives, and therefore moves out to:

  • share good news
  • to help people find freedom
  • to open the eyes of those who might never see God’s love
  • to hold out an offering of unconditional love so great that the burdened are set free

It’s not surprising that the enemy (satan) would fight so hard to create disunity then. It’s not surprising that he’d do that today.

Are there times that you’ve offered up criticism rather than closeted yourself in prayer? Are there times that you see yourself as greater than another, due to a doctrinal difference, or even in the way you live out your life?

Can I be so vulnerable with you?  There have been times that I have missed the bigger picture. Perhaps I focused on a personality conflict, or on what I might do differently, or I nursed a hurt.

Yet, the truth is that we get to be a part of this massive, beautiful church. We get to offer hope and healing through the Cross.

What might happen if we let down those resentments, those dividing lines?

What might God do in the church (body of Christ) with ordinary people, some of us misfits, who are at times weak, and yet in who God seems to work the finest, for in our weakness His strength is displayed even greater?

Let’s talk about this passage, and what it means in real life.

Comments

  1. You are absolutely doing this right, and hello Vicki! I love your church, and I love how it is growing and what it is doing in the community. I love Miss Shana who is jumping in to minister, and Kevin and Janece, who lead in such a powerful way. Tell everyone I said Hello!

  2. Vikki Woodall says:

    Suzie, I haven’t commented before, so i’m not for sure I’m doing this right. Our Church’s vision is Luke 4 18-19. When I first started helping do the outreach ministries I was super uncomfortable, it was definitely out of my comfort zone. My first time to help was New Years Eve, 2012. That night I started on a very humbling journey, but so rewarding. It brought me so much joy to serve my Heavenly Father through serving others. It’s been a year of changes, but the vision remains the same. Jesus has called all of us to go into our community and spread God’s word. To show his love to our community. People are hurting and need to know how much God loves them. Not just by telling them, but showing them God’s love. That’s what Ephesians 2: 20-21 means to me.
    Love you all,
    Vikki

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