When my husband first brought up the term, “church-planting”, we weren’t even married yet. We were engaged, with our wedding date just weeks away, when the conversation took place. I did not know anything about church-planting until then. Yes, I knew that churches didn’t just pop up out of nowhere, but the thought of starting a church from scratch never really ran through my mind. I knew my husband wanted to go into vocational ministry when I first met him. I knew that’s what he was in school for. But I just figured that meant he’d go on staff at our church or teach somewhere. I really had no thoughts of us opening up a church of our own… and that probably meant moving. Yikes.
I have lived in the Sioux Falls area all of my life. My entire family lives here. I have a job that I enjoy. I have a church home that changed my life. Our kids go to a wonderful Christian school just down the street from our cozy home. Now the m-o-v-e word comes up.
Normally, I’d freak out. That’s just me – change freaks me out. But when I prayed about it, I was suddenly at peace with the entire idea. With the idea of uprooting our lives and going somewhere we’ve never been before. With the idea of starting a church from scratch and putting our blood sweat and tears into it. Peace? That peace is definitely not mine, it had to have come from God.
The thing about my husband’s call for ministry – is it’s not just his. It’s mine too. When I truly gave in to God and told Him I’d follow Him COMPLETELY, I knew that I’d give my life for this.
Jesus gave up His life so that I may have life. He paid the price for my sins. I’ll give my life for this. I will spend the rest of my life telling others. Showing others. Doing whatever God asks me to. That’s the least I can do – for all He has done for me.
God took my broken heart and made it whole. God took my messy past and used it to glorify Him. I’ll give my life for this.
Matthew 16:24 says, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.’”
What is God asking you to do? Maybe it’s inviting a friend to church, or even going to church yourself. That’s a step, and a big one if you haven’t been doing it before. Maybe he is asking you to use your talents to serve others. Maybe he’s asking you, as well, to plant a church. Whatever it is, I encourage you to do it. Even if it may seem small, it’s significant if God is telling you take it. Or even if it seems like a leap, God will see you through. Billy Graham once said, “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving us this time on Earth. Please help us make the most of it by living our lives according to Your will. Thank you for your love, faithfulness and direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Discussion: Have you taken a step in faith recently that has caused you to give up something? Maybe it was giving up time, pride, money… How did it turn out?
Memory Verse for the Week: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
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