Community – do we have anything exciting happening?

When I or others get excited about Jesus, we don’t have to be reminded to read the Word, sing, praise, worship and share. It just happens. Maybe that is why the early church was so successful — they were experiencing a living, interacting, powerful savior.

When we have a need to cajole someone to share, pray, or show some excitement about their walk with God, we can suspect that maybe nothing “real” is going on. Brad House speaks of that:

If you want to inspire people to the mission of God, you must lift up the Son. When we grasp the glory of Jesus, it becomes the sustaining inspiration that transforms life. Isaiah was inspired by seeing Jesus in the temple. Peter was inspired by seeing Jesus after his resurrection. Paul was inspired when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. These men were changed when they saw the glory of Jesus. His mission became their mission. His glory was enough to change everything. Our apathy toward the mission of God is not because of a lack of knowing what to do. It is our blindness to his glory and grace that keeps us satisfied with nominal Christianity. If you want to light a fire under your church for the mission, don’t simply trot out your goals; lift up Jesus.

~ House, Brad,  Community (p. 75). Kindle Edition.

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