“What good is to gain the whole world but lose your soul? What good is it to make a sweet sound but remain proud? In view of God’s mercy, I offer my all.”
I have been deeply moved over the past week by the way in which God has lovingly reached beneath the surface of our community, “minesweeping” our hearts for sin and calling us to a repentance that will bring new depths of freedom, joy and meaning to our lives both individually and corporately.
As Sam has said, I believe that we are seeing a watershed move of God in our community as he gently leads us in surrender, coaxing our affection away from ourselves and towards him. May he be our vision, our first love, our rock. May we be his people, living humble lives of adoration to our king.
Alongside this deep spiritual reorientation we are hearing murmurs of new life springing up in many pockets of community life. Connection groups are serving alongside the local community. Friends and family are seeing Jesus for who he really is. Unique gifts are being identified and used for the extension of the kingdom of God.
And so we wait in joyful anticipation as the Lord continues to lovingly lead us, and as together we cry with the Psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”