I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it truly means to follow Jesus Christ. There’s gotta be more to it than showing up at church on Sunday and going to Bible studies. Yesterday, I was out shooting a video for an upcoming message and God began to stir me up again. We were filming in what was once a thriving community. Many of the buildings are abandoned, boarded up, and deteriorating. But, it’s not the buildings that concern me. The buildings are just a physical representation of what is happening in the lives of the people who live in that community. William Wilberforce said, “Holiness is restoring the image of God to humanity.” I believe God is calling our church to restore His image to those who have been forgotten and abandoned.
I realize what God is stirring in my heart is not the “safe” way to do church. In fact, I know many will turn and walk away. I know that this kind of ministry will be messy, difficult, and tiring. But, I have come face-to-face with poverty and it has absolutely wrecked me. My prayer is that the same thing will happen to you.
Today I was watching a video from Dino Rizzo. He pastors a church in Louisiana (you might remember him from One Prayer last year). I would love for you to join this conversation and see what God is stirring in your heart. Could He be stirring something in all of us? Watch the video and then let me know your thoughts by clicking on “comment.”