One Direction…no…not that one

The analogy was made on Sunday by Steve that the Christian life is more like a sailboat than it is a rowboat (where we do all the work) or a cruise ship (where we just sit and live a life of luxury waiting to get to our destination). A sailboat has to be lined up just right in order to catch the wind, and catch it in a way that it is most efficient in making sure that it stays on course. A life of service is never a life wasted.
 
Sunset with sailboat

Sunset with sailboat

There were some amazing talents and abilities on display recently in the work done in the lower level of the church building. I stood in awe at the speed, efficiency and productivity of the men and women who had a hand in accomplishing far more than any of us were expecting. The unity, direction, drive and genuine love and concern for one another was a beautiful picture of what a life with Christ looks like. These people, fueled by a common passion and vision, seeking a common goal, never seeking acclaim or selfish desires, humbly took what some would consider a waste of space, and made it beautiful. And one of the most amazing things about the whole project, was that there was no grumbling or complaining, there was no fighting or arguing, the end result was worth far more to them than any small detail or petty difference of opinion that they could’ve gotten hung up on. When everyone was focused in the same direction, eyes on the same prize, every other concern was secondary and lost focus. I pray that we as a church can say the same thing. That we as the church can keep our eyes on what we have been called to be. That we are so narrow-focused, so single-minded, so concentrated in the same direction, that our declaration is the same as that found in Ephesians 3 “…
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  
 
We have an amazing and unique opportunity in front of us. The next few weeks and months at Countryside are very exciting. We have been tasked with a purpose by Christ to “seek and save the lost”. March 21st is our first meeting on Saturday night. This meeting time is going to create a natural invite platform for many. In order to multiply and maximize our effectiveness in this community, we need to be certain that we are all looking in the same direction (our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith), focused on the same outcome (bringing those far from God into a place where they can begin a relationship with Him), and dedicated to the same goal (Glorifying God). God is the one who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, I just pray that we don’t get in the way. Jesus says that “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. I do pray that we are the church that Christ is building, and that we are a people moving in one direction, to him be the glory throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.