“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine De Saint-Exupery [French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator, 1900 -1944]
If the vision is clear and compelling enough, we will rearrange our life around it.
“To do” lists, rules and regulations deflate me. But a vision like Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” keeps my engine well fueled! The vision to see God drives me to serve, volunteer, stay up late, get up early, change my plans and invest crazy amounts of my life. If purity is what it costs to see God, I’m in!
By “pure” Jesus is challenging us to be single-minded about our devotion to Him and His mission for us. Christ’s goal for our lives is for us to see God for ourselves, but that will take purity of heart. Don’t get bogged down when you read the word “pure,” thinking only about what you can not do, but rather focus on the vision – the end game – which is to see God.
I have an opportunity to see God! I get to see God! I want to do whatever it takes to know God and make Him known!
Sign me up!
At Pleasant Valley we are not building a church to build a church! We’re building a launching pad for all people to know God personally and to make Him known. God is our vision! He’s our prize! The God who made it all. The God who is undefinable and beyond measuring. The God who has shown us the full extent of love. The God who has chosen to make Himself known through the church.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and enjoyed it so much that you couldn’t wait to take your friends and family to it? Or gone on an adventure like a hike or boar ride or mission trip and so wished your loved ones could experience it too?
That is what being an irresistible church and person is all about- letting God so have us that we can’t wait to show Him off to all of the people in our lives.
Look at Ephesians 3:7-13,
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
So please, by all means, don’t sign up to volunteer out of rote duty or guilt. Rather, join in to do whatever it takes to know and make known this incredible, infinitely beautiful, loving, but dangerously powerful God, who exists outside of time and space.
Start with Sunday + One.