C.S. Lewis has said something that has haunted me since I first read it in his book The Weight of Glory:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (Emphasis mine)
I believe that this is true, and sadly, I know myself to be far too easily pleased, especially when it comes to experiencing God and His purposes for my life. I don’t want that to continue, and neither should you.
Our prayer and focus as a church for the year is revival – pursuing God and His purposes for our lives, our church, and our community.
A lot has been said about revival throughout the history of the church, and a lot has been misused or misinterpreted as revival when it was really just “religious technology.” Ray Ortlund sums up best what true revival is when he writes, “Revival is a season in the life of the church when God causes the normal ministry of the gospel to surge forward with extraordinary spiritual power.” (Ray Ortlund, When God Comes to Church).
If this is what revival is, shouldn’t we want to experience more of this in our day and time?
Churches always have a temptation of falling into a comfortable routine of doing church. If God is like the ocean, we often settle for dipping in and scooping out a teaspoon’s worth and calling that enough.
Maybe it is.
But what if there’s more?
What if God is more vast, more accessible, more present, and more willing to do more than we give Him credit for? What if God wants us to experience more of Him than what we settle for?
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” – Ephesians 3:20
We have a tendency of settling for less than all that God wants to give us, and we want to fight against that tendency. Instead, we want to be the church that desires more – more of God, more of His working in us and through us, and more of the world experiencing His goodness and grace with us.
Join us starting January 7, 2018 at Christ Church Mansfield as begin the new year with a new series aimed at helping us all grow in experiencing more of God and His joy, grace, and purpose in our lives.
In this series, we will explore what it means for us as a church to live in light of God’s grace and passionately pursue Him with holy expectancy, simple prayer, and intentional evangelism in these days of small and greater things
More: The Passionate Pursuit of God in Our Day of Small and Greater Things
Series Starting January 7, 2018 at Christ Church Mansfield.
All are welcome!