Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations
Sundays with our faith community here in Wake Forest are both wonderful and exhausting. There is a huge energy generated on the WFPC campus, but its the kind of energy that adds vitality to my spiritual nature while simultaneously sapping my physical strength.
Regardless of how tired I am at the end of the day, it’s the good kind of exhaustion, like the fatigue you feel after a hard day of physical work, or a long hike through the refreshing mountain air.
Refreshment turns out to be a good word for how Sundays leave me. Tired, yes, but invigorated too. Certainly more ready for productive work Monday morning than had I spent the previous day with my feet up.
9:00 worship set the tone with a large crowd, a beautiful baptism, great music, and some of Rebekah’s best preaching. She talked about how we typically look at Christ’s “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” aphorism upside down (Matthew 6:19-20).
The revolutionary point Jesus makes is not so much that our money follows our passion – there’s nothing remarkable about that – but that we can choose to steer the forward movement of our hearts by investing ourselves where we want our passion to grow.
JUST DO IT! If we really and truly want to be the kind of people who live Kingdom lives, then don’t wait for some “spiritual” feeling, don’t just talk about it, don’t just pray about it… just do it! Make a move in the direction of wholeness, irrespective of “feeling;” and then, Jesus tells us, our hearts are going to catch up.
I believe the baptism was a great illustration. These parents aren’t waiting around for their infant child to weigh all the pros and cons, try out a few different lifestyles, read all the relevant books, check out what the atheists have to say, and then maybe hang around the church and do a little faith. No, they presented their son to God, made promises as a family to be faithful disciples, had the child baptized as a sign of the covenant, and are already moving forward as intentional followers of Jesus.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-20
Our lives are full of these kinds of decisions. The decision to follow Jesus is no small thing. But when we begin to invest ourselves – all that we have been, all that we are, all that we hope to be – it’s not just that our hearts catch up, it’s that our hearts overflow, and we are transformed!
MAUL-HALL: Then, in the evening, Rebekah and I invited the newly trained class of church officers – elders and deacons – to our home for dinner, along with their spouses. Twenty-six people is a significant squeeze for Maul-Hall, but our home was saturated with love, laughter, wonderful food, good people, great stories, the deepening of relationships, and such strong belief in the future.
These are people who not only invest themselves in God, and in the life and ministry of WFPC, but people whose hearts have caught up to the point of overflowing.
Overflowing like a waterfall. Baptized every day in the spillover of grace.