I believe that everyone one of us have been seeded with the desire to be part of something great. This is not out of a prideful ego, but birthed in us by the Spirit of God. We are to partner with God for the unfolding of His will in our world. Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father in heaven…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God commissions us, empowers us and comes along side of us for the purpose of infusing more of heaven’s life, joy and love into the lives of those around us. The danger is that in the struggle of daily life we lose sight of this heavenly calling and purpose for our life. Yet, God has not diminished His grand plan for you to partner with Him and He is just as committed to calling – or perhaps re-calling – you to new heights of destiny and dignity by calling you to offer your life to Him as a delivery system of His goodness and love to a world that so desperately needs Him. Here is the truth I want to most clearly get across to you: God wants YOU to be part of the Big Picture of what He is doing! This is such high priority that it will be the single focus for us at Shepherd’s Gate in 2012.
How can you be part of the big picture?
- First, embrace the truth that God has chosen to do His work in this world through you. We are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Make this a year where you intentionally, prayerfully look for more of God’s presence in your everyday life. And develop an attitude of eager anticipation of what God will do through you wherever you go, whoever you speak to, and whatever God leads you to do to bring His touch to others. Be a part of what God is doing in this world.
- Second, to be part of the big picture, be a part of the Church that Jesus is building. You are the Church! The Church is God’s people, baptized, forgiven, renewed, gifted, empowered and deployed in Jesus’ name to be His hands, feet, voice and heart unleashed to bring more of Jesus wherever we go. God never intended you to go it alone as you follow Jesus. Each of us is a part, one part, of the Church. The Church is the greatest movement on the globe. The Church is the greatest hope for the world because the Church reaches out to those far away from God with the Good News that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
If you are tempted to say that what you do to serve the Lord and love others are not much and they don’t change the world, rethink. God sees it otherwise. What you do may seem like a drop in a bucket when you see the great need in our world, but you are not alone. You are connected to all the believers at Shepherd’s Gate…plus the members of all the Christ-following churches in Macomb County… plus hundreds of thousands in metro-Detroit…plus the millions of believers in the United States… plus over 2 billion people who confess Jesus as Savior spread across our planet in every nation, tongue and race! But these huge numbers are not the game changer for making an eternal impact on the big picture. The only real game changer is Jesus living in you! Jesus partners with you and every other believer. And you partner with Jesus and the followers of Jesus; you become part of something infinitely bigger than you! Be a part of the big picture!