Monday, April 16, 2012

A Step in the Right Direction

Measure twice, cut once.

Assemble all of your ingredients before you begin cooking.

Don't count your chickens before they've hatched.

Wise words take up residence in my head, creating a practical, somewhat rule-following girl. I always say "I'm fine with spontaneity as long as I can plan for it." Sometimes though, when following hard after God, these rules don't apply. That's where faith comes in. And for someone like me, that's half the fun and half the battle.

Over a year ago, God firmly planted a vision in my head to reach the city of Waukesha with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Not the "Here's your ticket to Heaven" message, but the transformation that takes place in your heart when you truly invite Jesus in, the message that I have lived in my own life.

If we really want to change what happens in our cities and schools, we need to reach the hearts of the people with Christ. Satan has a stronghold on our future as long as we sit back and do nothing. Not our eternal future, I get that. But if we can change one heart, that reaches to their family, that reaches to their circle of can see how that will make a huge difference. Instead of doing nice things in the Name of Jesus, let's make the introduction. I often do nice things for others hoping they will see Jesus through me, and that is important and biblical, but we can't stop there. We have to be brave and bold.

I shared this vision with a few friends who cheered me on. I brought the vision to some who would be central to its administration, and when they asked questions I couldn't answer, I got overwhelmed. For someone who likes to have all the answers, not being able to answer the questions made me take a giant step back. Not that I ever stopped believing that this vision would become a reality, but a living example of "I believe; help my unbelief." I just didn't see how this was going to work out.

Yesterday at church we heard a message on faith, and my fire was rekindled. I was hesitant to share this dream with those in positions of influence because I still don't have the answers. If I refuse to take the next steps that God has put in front of me, however, the next steps won't be given. In a giant leap of faith, I contacted everyone I could think of last night that might be willing to help with this vision, and that step is already bearing fruit. I prayed this morning that God would take my small offering of time to send emails, and the large offering of believing Him for big things, and multiply that.

Is there something that you know God has called you to that you are trying to rationalize? God's call doesn't always make sense, but if you really look at it, you may find that it does. For me, I am a planner. I always seem to have a project in the works. I know firsthand how Jesus transformed my life. By putting this vision in my head, God is using all the gifts and experiences He has given me to help build His Kingdom; He will do the same with you. Remember, if you have Christ as your Savior already, and you woke up breathing today, He has a plan for you here on earth. I don't know what it is, or what tomorrow will bring, but faith tells me that I don't want to miss it, and that I don't need to have all the answers today.

"Now to Him who can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, to Him be the glory." Ephesians 3:20

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