I hear it all over our town and beyond. The words are not always the same, but the thought process is. Sometimes the words come out in frustration sometimes they happen with great expectation and excitement. The expectation is like someone on the edge of their seat watching a movie that has them so wrapped they can’t wait to see the outcome. Sometimes people even have a difficult time expressing what they are feeling, but it all centers on one thought.
It’s interesting to me that this thought process is crossing tradition-conservative, liberal-post-modern, denominational, and even racial lines. It knows no boundaries. It knows no ethnicity. It knows no social/economic structure. It just simply is and there’s nothing we can do about it, but embrace it and try to seek ways to listen to God and obey His voice. We are on the brink of something–a stirring of God like we’ve never seen before.
What is this thought process? My way of articulating it is this: God is seeking people who are willing to stretch the borders of the kingdom into places that Christians have traditionally have not gone. The call on my heart is to go where the fish are and fish. My desire is to take to the fields which are white unto harvest and bring in the sheaves for God! The passion I’m hearing from people all over the Shoals is–Let’s stop playing church and let’s make a difference in our society. I think it’s time to put our proverbial money where our mouth is.
There are mission fields all over the world. One might think that doing mission work in the buckle of the Bible belt is a crazy idea. To think of this place as a mission field is a crazy thought, but it is the cry of my heart right now.
Several months ago I received a word from God. It’s the only time in my life that I felt God actually say something to me. I’m sure He’s tried before, but I just wasn’t in a place of listening. I certainly was in a much more desperate place at that time. His words were “bring them together.” I am still contemplating that word from Him, but just today I have thought that it could mean that I am to be used to bring the hurting and sinfully sick together with those who are in Jesus and are sick and tired of the church game. I think if people who are of like-minded faith in what really matters, we can change our world from the inside out.
A few weeks later I received another word from God. As plain as I’m writing this I believe that God asked me to take a leap of faith and quit my job at Golds Gym. I did that trusting Him to take care of me. He has always taken care of me, but I’ve never lived by faith like I have in the last several weeks or months.
I believe at this time that God has taken me and my family through this journey in order to teach us total reliance on Him. The only way to do what He’s called me to do is to completely rely on His providence and care.
I know that for some of you this blog will be hard to read. I understand that, but I just have to follow my heart. For some of you reading this blog will cause a swelling in your heart to do the same thing. I pray that God will totally release us from the structure of organized religion and open our hearts to our community to be Jesus instead of doing church.
I also know that we live in a “church” culture and this will take time, but with God’s help we can help others know the love of Jesus right where they are. They can know how to live life free from guilt and pain. They can know real freedom in Jesus.