It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cut-throat competition; all consuming-yet-never satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life; serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Galatians 5:19-23 (The Message)
The above ancient writings found in the word of God contain truth, substance, and validity espoused in our relevant life.
Today at Cross Point Church, I witnessed the body of Christ, doing just that – being the body of Christ. I watched people living as selfless servants and as true testaments of the above words of wisdom. It was the first KidStuff worship service of the 2008 season. As more than 70 volunteers, including dozens of kids, showed up this Sunday morning, many of whom worked for over a month, together to create an incredible experience and provide a place where kids and parents can worship together all for His glory. From painting walls, building graphics, scrubbing floors (literally), turning buttons, decorating, singing, dancing, banging on drums, memorizing lines and much more, there was no task too small.
These KidStuff volunteers made clear one thing – they care about building a community, building an environment that’s safe, loving, warm, inviting and fun where folks can worship together and where every person, either for the first time or last time, can walk through the church doors and know that EVERYBODY IS WELCOME AND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! I’m honored, humbled, and blessed to serve by their sides. Thanks guys, for talking the talk, walking the walk and doing it God’s way!