This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: TRUST
Disclaimer: When I saw the Word Prompt, I was tempted to skip it because --well, because I have already written about Trust twice this week in this series! I wrote about it HERE in how we can choose to Trust him anyway, and I wrote about it HERE in how we can trust when our plans don't always work out! And yet... I left Fridays open in this series to participate, and God already knew that this would be the word - so I am choosing to Trust that He still has more to say through me on it. (Ya see what I did there?)
Trust... we have already talked about Trust and how Trust is a Person and how even when we can not see, He can still be trusted... He is at work and He is working all things together for our good --even when it doesn't feel like it!
Yes. Those are truths that we know, but so often forget.
Today however I don't want to tackle our trust in Him, but His trust in us... and then, how we are called to trust Him in each other! All in five minutes! (ha!)
So, Jesus -who is Truth, who is the Alpha and the Omega, who sees the beginning and the end... Jesus, who knows that we are going to mess up - and sometimes mess up big time...
--He still calls us to step up and step out of the boat...
He still sends us out to carry His message, His gospel good news to the broken and hurting... to the sick and dying - in body and soul.
He knows that we, ourselves, are broken and hurting, sick and dying... and yet He trusts us, and entrusts with us, the message of how He is good!
He could have just done a test drive with the disciples. Sent them out two by two and saw the ways they screwed up and thought... you know what, these guys need me to stick around! We're gonna have to put off that whole crucifixion deal for a few more years. they are just not ready.
They sort of weren't... we sort of aren't...
He calls us to go... to take risks, knowing full well that some of them will not pan out --oh but it's for the ones that do... it's for the times that we actually do get to walk on the water...
We are sent!
As Pastors (gah... did I just type that out loud?) - our hearts are to stir up your hearts, to stir up your giftings and passions and desires and send you out... trusting Jesus in you to lead and guide you along the way! We want you to go and do what He has purposed for you to do and we trust Him in you!
We called our new church Dad's House on purpose. We are not building a church as much as we want to be growing a family*! We want people to know our good, good Father and we want them to gather at His house... to be loved and be filled... and then go out and take the Kingdom into their every day lives and release all that God has placed within them!
We don't want to fill our church as much as we want His Kingdom to fill our city! We can't do that unless we remember that Jesus lives in us... He partners with us and sends us out with all of our rough edges, quirky personalities and limited understanding... (Sometimes I think He sends us out because of those things!)
Even when we don't feel ready - He equips us, uplifts us, and He trusts us enough to release us into this Kingdom work, side by side with His Spirit and His Bride.
I don't know about you, but I am oh so thankful for His Bride, for the people who poured in to me as a new Christian... who allowed me to be me, and didn't try to form me into anyone else... who saw things in me that I didn't see in myself, and who called them out and stirred them up and assured me that I was ready when I was more than convinced that I was not!
I am thankful that being part of the family of God means that there are always people ahead of us, who can call us out and call us up... and there are always people 'younger' than us, who need the encouragement and reminders that we and Jesus trust in them!
* One of the best compliments we have gotten since starting Dad's House is one that is repeated over and over and over... people say that when they first come to visit, they walk in the doors, and it feels like home! Yes and Amen!
We ourselves went years looking for a home... so we understand the longing, the wandering, and the knowing when you step in to your Father's House and know that you belong!
We trust in Him, yes!
But He also trusts in us...
...it's just that sometimes we forget!
Linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today. Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "TRUST"
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