This week, I would simply like to summarize my challenge to VCF at the annual meeting. I’ve had a nagging question in my heart. Jim, are you consumed with passion for Jesus so much so that you are living as AW Tozer says: a “God-intoxicated” life?
2 Chronicles 16:9 says that, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” God is searching for willing servants, although not necessarily capable or qualified ones, that He might employ in His service. God is looking for you and your heart. So, what’s your answer? Will you answer his call as Isaiah did when He volunteered, “Here I am. Send me!”(Is. 6:8)?
As a church, we have just completed our second year in this worship center. God has done some amazing things. But I would like to ask you the same question I’ve been asking myself. Are you living a God-intoxicated life? Am I willing, by faith in my Savior Jesus Christ, to see him do great and mighty things among us?
If we want God’s favor, we need to seek His face. And if you and I want to be used of the Lord, we need to cease operating on our timetable and instead pray God will fill us with His power so we “will decrease, and He will increase.” (John 3:30) God takes great pleasure in individuals who trust Him wholeheartedly and willingly entrust their lives to Him.
Did you know, only twice in the Bible Jesus was amazed? Mark 6:4-6 says: Jesus “could not do any miracles [in his hometown], except lay hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.”
The 2nd is Luke 7:6-9, when Jesus encounters the centurion who asks him to heal his servant by the power of the spoken word of Jesus, even from a distance. After hearing his request the Bible says Jesus “was amazed at him” and said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
Both instances deal with either the presence of great faith or lack thereof. Which category of belief would Jesus be amazed to see in your life? I hope your answer for yourself first and VCF is faith Jesus will do what he wills in our lives.
So how do we develop that kind of amazing faith? Romans 12:12 says we are to be “faithful in prayer,” and Paul writes that we are to “pray about everything” and “without ceasing” (Phil. 4:6 and I Thess. 5:17). In other words, our lives should be centered around, rooted in, and guided by prayer. If Jesus used prayer as His lifeline to the Father, so should we.
This year’s word is: contribution. The question each and every one of us has to be honest about is: “Lord Jesus, how would you like me to contribute to the faith and growth of Victory Christian Fellowship?” What part of this ministry would you challenge me to use my spiritual and physical gifts to contribute to the amazing work you are doing and going to do among us?
Whatever God calls you to, let’s have the faith in Him to show each of us the sweet spot, so our contribution to His work will not only be exciting and joyful for us, but also give Jesus eternal glory and honor.