We are the called

Wow, I guess it’s been a whole week since my last post because today, we had another amazing message at church given by pastor Dave Mullins. I don’t know if it’s the place I am in my life, the book we are studying, or if we have just amazing pastors, but I am completely stoked at the directions we are headed as a church, not East 91st in particular, but as a church – the body of believers.

I’ve been struggling with Christianity in America for a few months now, probably thanks to our mainstream media. Just turn on the news, and our country/world is headed downhill fast. I have been feeling like in my lifetime, I would see our beautiful country of America turn into a socialist, Islamic country. Where are the Christians and why aren’t we doing something about it?!

Today, during Dave’s message, he mentioned a few “wins” that our church in particular has had. Just before writing my blog, I read a friend’s facebook status about a “win” her church recently had. The body of believers as a whole ARE making a difference. It’s hard to only hear the negative side of things, it’s nice to see that good does still exist in our country!!

“We are in a battle way more important than the Super Bowl” I heard Dave say today at church. I needed to hear that!! Last week’s message began the process of me thinking about my mission. I read a book this week by Julie Hadden, a contestant from the Biggest Loser, entitled “Fat Chance – losing the weight, gaining your worth” It got me thinking about my worth to Christ. (excellent book btw)

Am I living a life worthy of the call I have received?  All of us that are in Christ will have a complete life transformation. 2 Corinthians 2:17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  This has been a verse that has always meant a lot to me.  It reminds me to let go of my old ways and Christ has set me free from the bondage of that old life.  But Jesus says in John 14:9 “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”  Can I say the same thing?  If anyone has seen me, has seen Christ?  Do I reflect Him appropriately?  Is my life transformation visible to everyone that meets me?  It’s easy to get caught up with what is not right with the world, or even our churches for that matter.  But let’s focus on what is right, what is good, what Jesus is accomplishing through those willing vessels!  I want to be one of those!! I don’t have to be the kid in the classroom with ants in my pants, hand raised in the air, yelling “pick me, pick me Jesus, I wanna be on your team”  Jesus has already “picked me”  I am a follower of His.  The question of the day is “does everyone I meet know that”  Jesus is the winning team, it’s already been determined.  He will return to this earth one day, and He will be victorious!!  I just want to make sure that those around me know which team I am on and want to join the winning team!!

I feel like 2010 is a big year of spiritual growth for me.  Not because God has new big plans for me, but because I am finally ready.  God has had big plans for me all along, I just haven’t had the confidence to follow Him completely.  I want to be utterly SOLD OUT FOR CHRIST!!  I don’t know why this has scared me in the past.  I guess all of us are a little afraid of change.  My biggest prayer is for God to give me the courage to really step out!!  I had a song run through my mind today while I was at church.  Although we had awesome music today, it wasn’t any that we sang.  It was Fence Riders by Jimmy Needham.  It made me think that maybe I have been a little bit of a fence rider in the past, but not anymore!!  I never rode the fence about who Christ was, or even following him, but maybe giving him my all!!  He sings “I’m sold out to Christ”  …and that’s my prayer!!

 
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