Advent reminds us there was a long season of preparation, waiting and anticipation before the Incarnation, the arrival of our savior Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us”.When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, believers in Christ also receive a type of “incarnation” as Christ lives in us, among us, and through us.
When Yeshua is “incarnate” in you, then the divine presence and energy of God is released in your human dimension (or condition), and you can be who you are created to be, and do what God uniquely designed for you to do, and bear much good fruit for His glory.
I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)
I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.
I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.
But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).
So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.
But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments.
My next missions trip will be October 31 – November 14, 2018. The first leg is near Athens, Greece where I’ll be leading worship for a 5-day missions leadership development intensive with national leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ethiopia and Ghana. This organization is a new connection for me and I feel the Lord is strongly in this endeavor.
The following week I’ll head to Ukraine to teach, coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev.
One implication of the Spirit filling us at Pentecost is to be re-ignited for the purposes of God.
His Holy Spirit empowers us to dream big.
What does it mean to dream big?
We have to believe in faith that God has a dream for us.
We have to have our dreams aligned with God’s dream.
The first part of God’s dream is that His kingdom would come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The second part of that is He would be our God and we would be His people
Next, to dream big we are offered the opportunity to “collaborate with God.”
Throughout scripture, the invitation of God is to “sing a new song”. This is much bigger than just being about music.
We can create something special when the Spirit of the Lord fills our creative endeavors. Consider the example of Bezalel in Exodus 31, he was filled with wisdom, knowledge, and skill to become a master artisan.
“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.“ Exodus 31:3-4
So … create with God and build an awesome body of work!