Finding Our Purpose
“The human mind may devise many plans,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.”
Over the past year, it has been uplifting to see so many longtime members and new friends worshipping, serving, and deepening relationships.
While growing in number is encouraging, I am excited to see where God is leading us as a congregation and as individuals as we enter 2014.
Our primary purpose isn’t simply to fill a building with people so we might feel good about being part of a relevant and vibrant church. Ideally, the Sunday worship hour is just the beginning of living a life of worship. At our best, we are constantly seeking God’s purpose for our lives. Our Christian vocation transcends whatever jobs we do.
God calls us together as a community at Calvary. Ideally, we are formed in Christ’s image through worship, prayer, and study. We come to a place where we cannot ignore those around us who are hurting and hungry. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we are ready to go into the world. As Jesus tells us in John 20:21, “as the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Viewed in this way, everything we do as a church is mission, preparing us to be sent.
As we race into the New Year as busy as ever, I pray that each of us will take time to follow the example set by Jesus. He worshipped in public, went away alone to pray and rest, and took time to enjoy food and fellowship with friends. With this balance, he had the strength and vision to lead, feed the hungry and heal the sick.
If you are now at a place in your life where you are ready to be sent into the world as an expression of your faith in Christ, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you and consider the possibilities.
Grace and Peace,