Originally Posted January 29, 2015 By Pastor Adam
We had a unique opportunity to participate in something that, I would imagine, was quite difficult for the people of Circle Drive Alliance. But before I let you all know what went on, let me take you back to 4 weeks ago and the challenge that I laid out before the congregation during our worship on that brisk January morning.
The morning worship service began as many of them do–a great time of worship through singing and then proceeding into a time of prayer. As I was heading to the stage and preparing my heart to lead the congregation in a time of prayer, I felt led to offer the congregation an opportunity to ask the Lord Jesus over the next 3 weeks to pray and ask the question, “How do you want me to participate in sharing the hope of Jesus?”
I left it to the congregation to pray and I’ve heard some great stories of how God was leading them through this time of prayer. Then we came to this past Sunday and I challenged the congregation to write on an index card the answers that God had given them of how each one can participate in sharing the hope of Jesus. “Does He want me to pray for workers or pray for the lost?” Then write that down. “Does He want me to be faithful in giving of my finances?” Then write down a number or percentage that He’s calling you to trust Him with. “Does He want you to go, whether here in our community or to another culture?” Then take the next steps to find out where to go and what to do. This exercise stretched me and I know others into really hearing what God has for me and for us.
Now that the exercise is over, I’m now in the position to ask this question of myself–do I really trust God to provide and lead me in these areas? Do I trust Him with my finances? Do I trust Him to equip me to serve in ministries or even as the one who shovels the snow? I know that I don’t have all of the answers on this, but I’m reminded that our God is faithful to do all that He has promised to do. My encouragement to you and also to myself is this–if God has called us to do something, let’s trust Him and do it! He will never let you down. What a great trust exercise this has been and continues to be!