Gideon and the Chosen Ones

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We are created to give ourselves away.  We give life every time we serve, give and show compassion in Jesus’s name.  Jesus is all about loving others with everything you have, in every moment, in proclamation of the eternal life He offers. He said:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).

“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind” (Luke 14:13).

I am always trying to learn from what Jesus means to fully love others and give of myself. I pray each day that He will teach me to be a better follower and live by everything He has said in His Word but also that I would empathize with those around me.

So what does that look like to us?  I know that at our church we need to give ourselves away in service to the community and to our church.  Giving life can be simply giving time to pray, giving time to serve in a school, giving time to help with kids or students in church, giving of our financial resources and I mean the list could go on and on.  We are created to worship God in all things and then in that we give our life as an act of love and service to HIM. 

What I love is that there is a lot of momentum in the church.  The Spirit of God is moving and we are seeing great things happen in the lives of people and in the church itself.  I think there is a hope, that started with people praying for direction and guidance that is now beginning to come to the surface.  Hope is about believing what is Yet to Be.  I fully believe things are coming and have yet to come but I also know that we have a hope in Jesus that we enable it to happen.

This is our time to shout and profess the time of our Lord and a time to profess out loud that we want this change to happen in us and in our church.  Like in the story of Gideon, it is our time to shout and blow our trumpets.

“Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’” Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. (Judges 7:17-21)

I am going to encourage you to stand with me and shout out loud and blow your trumpet against the injustice around us but also to profess the name of Jesus with passion.  We are in a season where God is looking for warriors and my question is are you ready to be one of them?  Are you going to be one of the water lapping chosen warriors or one of the ones that just goes home and not see what God is doing?  (Read Judges 7:4-8 to understand this) The choice is yours…

In Service with You,

Pastor Sean

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