“What does it take for something to be mine?” you might ask. Almost everything requires some sort of price to be paid in order for you to obtain ownership. A car, a home, groceries even. They all come with a cost, and once the price is paid the duty doesn’t end there. A car needs routine oil changes and check ups. It takes effort to tidy up your house, and don’t forget about that meal that isn’t going to cook itself. But what if someone told you that the price has already been paid? No amount is owed. All that is required is diligent work and effort.
This is our church. Jesus paid the price, so that we can come together and worship freely. Jesus died so that we could live. In that moment, great faith was imparted on all of us. Faith that has the ability to move mighty mountains. Faith that is unstoppable.
As we go into two services, God is entrusting us with more. It is not time to let Him down. Instead, let’s show Him we are more than able to take care of His house through prayer, sacrifice, and support. It takes a people who are devoted and committed; a body who will not give up, or back down.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being save.” -Acts 2:42-47
There is an order to things. Signs and wonders are the overflow of devotion, teaching, fellowship, and the sharing of meals and prayer. Without these, the blessings can’t flow. When you take ownership of something, there are requirements.
Pray for the vision and growth. Extend an invitation to others. Serve in the work of the ministry, and give to support the mission.
When you are active in advancing the Kingdom, you start to see things differently. You begin to realize that the church is a place for healing, for freedom, peace, and community. And above all, a place for YOU!