“Who You were is Who You ARE. And Who You ARE is Who You’ll ALWAYS be.” – Travis Greene
Celebrating the #EternalUnchangingAwesomeness of my God. ΑΩ;
“”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” –Revelation 1:8
The words below are a really good little read. So as you’re figuring out what to do on this Sunday morning, take a minute to read it while you sip your coffee or lie in bed surfing social media (as I’m doing right now). Then let’s get up and go to church. Or, better yet…. Let’s get up and BE the church!
Does the Church Still Matter?
By Ryan Romeo
From “Outcry: God’s Heart for Your Church” 14-Day Devotional (available for free on the YouVersion Bible App)
The Church is in the middle of a season of critique. It’s hard to find positive news articles about the Church. We see viral blogs about how the Church is missing it with millennials. Or about how we’re in decline. Or even dying.
I remember being in the middle of planning for the first tour. We were writing the first promo video to introduce the world to OUTCRY. We already had Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Bethel, Crowder, and Passion signed up, so the task felt weighty, to say the least. But in one moment, while pacing around my hotel in Redding, I felt God fall on me, and I began to write. I wrote from the perspective of the Church as Jesus’ bride.
Then I wrote a line on the paper (actually, on my iPad!) that stopped me in my tracks. I wrote, “She is not dying. She is not in decline. Her best days are ahead.” As I read it back, I could just hear the skeptics saying, “Get real, Ryan! Haven’t you seen the statistics? Get your head out of the sand and accept reality!”
But God’s reality is not our reality. It is not swayed by public opinion or research.
It’s easy to find what is wrong with the Church. But God has chosen the imperfect to carry his message of perfect love. His ways are not our ways, and the Church is powerful and eternal… because God says she is.
Prayer: God, remind your bride that she has a glorious future. Remind me that I am on the winning team. The Church is sure because you are sure. Lift my eyes to see the Church as you see her. Amen.
Some think God wants us to be rich epitomes of Western culture’s wealth and health. Others think God wants us to be poor servant types – all striving to be Mother Teresa. I think God simply wants us to be His. And being His looks a little different on each of us.
“And before the world was made, God decided to make us His own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased Him to do it.” -Ephesians 1:5 ERV (Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read version)
So today I started a new reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App, Your Personal Calling by Boris Joaquin.
And this one simple yet profound statement captured me….
“Our lives are about God; they are not about us.”
Because in the end, it is all about God anyway: “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17 ESV (English Standard Version)
Does that make us humans limited or subservient then? Not at all. Because the really cool thing is that this same God…. HE is all about us!
“How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” – Psalms 139:17 NLT (New Living Translation)