The family and I are members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock and have been for 10+years now. We have also been attending a church in Atlanta called Passion City Church on and off the past year. I LOVE Passion City Church! My first experience was when I attended service while Beth Moore was speaking last summer. The worship was so authentic and moving in my soul, it was a stirring I haven't felt in a long time. Worship was....freeing. I am sure some of it was because I knew no one there and felt freedom to give all to God without judgement. I know it was also the Holy Spirit in that church. The movement that is there is powerful. My hubs loves it, my kids adore the passion kids area. I mean who wouldn't, you are having worship in tents! So cool!
Several weeks ago, the kids and I attended by ourselves and the preacher Louie Giglio was just beginning a series called Passion + Purpose. Louie was challenging the flock to find their passion and purpose for God. God has created each one of us with different talents and passions for a purpose that serves God. Some are called to full time mission work while others are not. Some are called to stay here and work in a salon or in the business world. We need to embrace our passion and run with it for God! The stirring inside of all of us is put there for a purpose so that we reflect back to the TRUE ONE who gave it to us in the first place. The purpose of every human created is to know God and make God known. That is our great commission.
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5-6
One thing that really stood out to me with flashing lights, cause God knows that is what it takes to capture my attention at times, that Louie said was that we don't need to make Jesus great because we can't make Him any greater then He already is. We are only called to make Him known, period! BOOYAH! We should come together as a church and/or community for the same purpose, even though we aren't doing the same things with our talents and gifts. God doesn't call us to the exact same walk or way as others. We are special! We have to be careful when we start to compare ourselves to others. I believe there is a healthy way to do that, but it can cross over into not walking our walk God has created us specifically for. It can cause our eyes to loose focus on Him. We can become consumed with comparison, thinking we have to do or act just like this or that person. They are walking with God on their own personal walk, so it is going to look completely different then our own. God is personal, He desires a personal relationship with you and me just as we are. How beautiful is that thought! He wants us just as we are, broken, shameful, torn, in need. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL in His sight!
Remember your talents can be used to reach people that someone else can't reach, so be careful to compare and think you have to change what God has created.
You can use it as a challenge for your life but not as a copy cat. I am so guilty of this! I found myself trying to copy others walk with God instead of allowing my personal relationship with God and what He has created me for to flourish in our special time together.
To Be Continued...