Have you ever renovated a house? Five years ago, my family bought a house that had been sitting vacant for 11 years. The first day we started clearing things out I distinctly remember thinking we had gotten more than we bargained for. There was still food in the fridge, dirty rags in the cabinets, multiple layers of wallpaper on the ceilings and a bomb shelter with rotted sheet rock and six inches of slimy stagnant water. It was one of the grossest days of my life.
Even though we had our work cut out for us, I’m an optimist and started the project convinced we’d be finished in six to eight weeks. Four months later the house was just a shell, far from being done, and to make matters worse, I didn’t know how to put it all back together again. It felt completely hopeless and I felt completely helpless. This was not the only time I’ve had this feeling – in fact, any time I’ve ever been a part of building anything, I’ve experienced this.
I believe one of the greatest tactics of the enemy, especially in this hour, is to make us feel hopeless and helpless. This powerful lie holds the Church back from who God intends us to be. It’s easy to feel hopeless about the world around us and helpless by our own limitations. I can barely take care of my kids and survive my job, what can I do about systemic poverty and religious persecution? If we aren’t careful, these feelings lead us to paralysis.
1 Peter 4:4-12 tells us we all have a part to play.
Peter calls us stones, which on its own seems insignificant, but when joined together with other stones by the hand of a Craftsman, can become almost anything. We are called to be Christ’s Church, His spiritual house, hosting the presence of God. Don’t choose to be isolated by fear and helplessness, instead, take your place on the wall.
When people come together and each one does his or her part as a living stone, something incredible happens.
We become a beacon of hope; we stand out in the midst of hopelessness. And our city cannot help but pay attention.
Resolve to live as a light in our city wherever you are. No matter where you live or work, you can have an impact on those around you!
Next, find a place to serve. There are many places to serve here at our church and we’d love for you to be a part. Check out our volunteer page to view these opportunities and apply! We would also like to invite you to pray about making a commitment this fall to attend either the 8:30 a.m. or the new 5 p.m. service to make space for someone new. Last year around this time we had a major influx of guests – new families, young adults and especially college students. Our hope is to be able to provide a seat for everyone.
Imagine if all of us did our part. Imagine the impact on kid’s lives, on our first time guests, the families that receive discipleship and our city. Take your place on the wall and let’s see the world around us transformed! Sign up today!
By Drew Steadman, Director of Ministries and U.S. Church Planting