We want God to move in our midst. I would even go so far as to say that we are desperate to be a part of a move of God. We don’t want to just do church like every other church does church. We want to be a part of something so amazing that only God can take the credit for it. And not just our church as an organization, but for every individual here. I want that to be my family’s story. I don’t want my kids to grow up in normal church with a normal sense of obligation to it. I want my kids to grow up in a passionate church, with a passionate mission and vision, made up of passionate people that instill in them a deeply rooted passion to change the world they live in.
That’s the burden. At least that’s the burden I feel for our church. That’s the burden I feel for my family. That’s the burden I feel for you and your family. I have felt that for a long time. I don’t just want to be a part of a successful church, I want to see lives being radically transformed for the Glory of God. I’m not just trying to get us to a point of being financially viable. While we want to be above reproach in our finances, and steward the resources God has blessed us with wisely, that’s not our ambition.
You are our ambition. Your life is our playground. Transformation in your world is our motivation. We don’t want you to just come to church once a week, we want people to see Christ in you, the hope of glory.
That’s the burden we feel. That’s what is driving our pursuit.
My question is this: Do you feel the same burden for your life?
I have this fear that some in our church don’t have the same passion for their own lives. Maybe that’s you. Maybe all you want to do is get through the day. All you want to do is make it to tomorrow. Survival is your #1 goal. I know how that feels, and I know how hard that can be to get out of. But here’s what I’m praying for you today:
“God fill the hearts of every single person connected to SixEight Church with a deeply rooted passion for you. Fill them with an unquenchable thirst for more of you in their lives. Overwhelm them with your presence and empower them to accomplish your mission. Give them boldness where they are timid, give them courage where they are afraid. Open doors that have been shut, and shut doors that never should have been opened. Shine so brightly through their lives that the world around them can’t help but notice. Use us all to do more than we could ever ask or imagine, and let us be a part of a move of God so amazing that we can only give you the credit for it.”
If you will, will you also pray that prayer for yourself? And then will you pray that prayer for others you know personally at SixEight? Will you go through as many people as you can think of and pray that prayer for them?
Can you imagine how different our church would look if we all prayed for each with with this fervent expectation of God to move in our midst? Let me rephrase that. I can’t wait to see how God moves WHEN we start praying for each other with such a fervent expectation.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
God, show us what we need to be doing now to be ready for what you have for us next.