last night, Ashley and I had the privilege of hosting our first theWell service last night at our new apartment! it was awesome - we had 17 people (not including Ashley and me) come and worship and fellowship with us and it was just an amazing, amazing sight.
We had worship and then Ernest gave a powerful message.
He was casting vision for theWell for 2012. Our mission is three-fold:
Be the Change.
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. -Luke 10:27
A lawyer asked Jesus, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus, questioned him in return asking, "What have you read?" and Luke 10:27 is the man's response. Jesus replied that it was correct and if he lived in this way, he would live."
Granted, we cannot earn eternal life - the only way we can do that is by believing that we can never earn salvation because of our sin and brokenness but believe that Jesus died on the cross for us in order to reconcile us to God forever!
But in order to show others where our hearts are, we must do the three things mentioned above: love God, love others, and be the change. After the message, during our "response" time, we had some discussion about what loving God, loving others, and being the change meant.
I know that for me, it's hard to love God and to love others sometimes. When things are good and when we are around people we love, it's easy to love them back. It's easy to love God when the wind is in my sail and I'm not struggling to move forward. It's when we're around those we don't love and when times are hard that it's hard to love other and love God. a few girls and i were also discussing how important it is to be in community with others and while i didn't want it to sound like i was promoting our small group or making a self-promotion, but it was really encouraging to hear others talk about how important small groups were in order to help us grow as Christ followers but to also be a part of the body of Christ.
ernest also challenged us to be the change; it's so easy to sit back and say "we want change, we want change" but to not follow through and to make something happen. i can say firsthand that the only reason i am as strong in my faith as i am is because i followed the calling God placed on my heart to begin serving. i began serving at Grace Community Church in the preschool ministry at a time where it was the last thing i wanted on my plate and at a time where i thought "kids aren't my thing", but i found so much healing and i had my heart completely changed. that was me being the change.
we don't have to raise money to cure cancer or feed the homeless to be the change, although those are incredible ways to serve! simply stepping up in the church, helping a friend, inviting a co-worker to church: all of these are ways to be the change. obeying Christ's calling for you is being the change. He has plans for each and every one of us and when we allow Him to guide our paths and when we step out in faith, we become the change!
i'm excited to see what 2012 has in store for theWell and what it has in store for me!
Did you attend theWell's satellite service last night? What did God speak to you about?
If you didn't, what are you looking forward to most about 2012?