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I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Starting Jan. 11-12, we will examine how our extraordinary God uses ordinary people to fulfill His purposes. God has a history of using regular, ordinary and oftentimes, flawed and brokenindividuals to bring to fruition His heart as Hebrews 11 testifies. He used these ordinary people, who through faith subdued kingdoms,obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong and became valiant in battle.

And God’s work continues with us. We can take heart. We are in good company. These witnesses started out on the same footing as us—ordinary and flawed with lots of sinful baggage, and yet, God worked through them in amazing ways.

We would love to hear stories about how you have seen God work through you or someone you know. If you can’t recall a recent example, find your favorite imperfect person in the Bible and tell us where he/she began and how God work with him/her.

Simply comment at the end of this post.

Living the Mission


As the sirens were sounding and the rain was pounding during last Wednesday’s storm, we, who were in the church office, wondered if we should go to the basement. Suddenly, a young woman appeared in the church’s office. Wet and shaken, she asked if she could use our phone to call for a ride home because she was running outside and got caught in the storm.

“Of course,” we all smiled, nodded and pointed to the phone.

We then all continued with our work or discussions, except for one staff member who disappeared. A few minutes later, with towels in her hand, the staff member asked the young woman if she wanted to dry off. This staff member was bringing Jesus via a towel to a weary runner. By extending this towel, she lived out the mission of our church in a practical and loving way to someone who was right in front of her.

Soon the young woman left as quickly as she came into the office.

But as I was reflecting on this incident, I thought of how I completely missed the opportunity. I simply, went back to my office to work. I never considered this minor interruption as a possible gift from God or an opportunity where I could bring Jesus to someone. In fact, at times, I even pray for God to place me in situations where I can show someone his love. And yet I was blinded to this one. However, I was extremely thankful that another staff member saw and seized the opportunity to bring Jesus to this woman.

Bringing Jesus Christ to people for the first time and for a lifetime.

As a corporation, we rally behind these thirteen words. After all, it is Gloria Dei’s mission statement, isn’t it? And yet, in order to fulfill these words, we, as individuals need to all take heed to this stormy event by extending our hands to those who God places before us. Is it a stranger, a family member or a friend? Do they need a smile, an encouraging word, or simply a towel to dry off from the storms of life?

Is it that simple? I believe that it is. I believe, that God wants each of us to do what one of us did during the storm, look at who is before us, and bring Jesus to them by a simple act of kindness.

Karen

Committed to the Mission

We are all familiar with Matthew 28:18 and following because it is the “Great Commission,” but what about verse 17? Verse 17 says that “…some of them still doubted!” Really!?! They walked with him for three years, witnessed miracles beyond what was possible, watched him die on a cross and now he stands before them teaching, and there are still some doubting?

It goes to show you that even when looking at the impossible in the face there are still some people who will doubt. It is not unlike today when people attempt to view miracles with their modern eyes. They want proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Things they can’t see are not possible because they don’t have a material cause. Belief in God is a belief that he will work beyond our imagination. But doubt was not the biggest issue for the disciples but it led them to take their eyes off the mission.

Once they doubted it was easier for them to take their eyes off the mission. Once you take your eyes off of the mission of bringing the saving news of Jesus to people for the first time and for a lifetime we can become blinded to the obvious. If you look in Acts 1:6 the disciples are still thinking that Jesus is going to lead the people of Israel into freedom from Rome. But that was not His mission, it wasn’t the disciples’ mission, and it is not our mission. We have to stay committed to the mission and make all of our decisions and choices based upon that mission. There is no building, program, or sermon that will change the lives of people forever. Only the good news of Christ can change a life. The others are tools or vehicles for that news to penetrate hearts. Let’s commit to the mission!

What has become a stumbling block to you that has led you to take your eyes off the mission? What can you do today to recommit to the mission?

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