No matter what our circumstances, God purposes for us to love Him with all of who we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves doesn’t change. What we do to live out His purposes, our mission, could be the same regardless of the times in which we live, at least in broad terms. We still will show love to God by learning more about Him, praying, and worshiping Him. We still will show love to people by sharing the Gospel with those who don’t know Jesus, fellowshipping with and discipling those who do know Him, and doing good to all.
But, we may need to develop a new vision for getting there. How will we do that which shows love for God and others, as a Church, in changing times … when what we used to do no longer works?
Before striving to come up with how to get there, stop and acknowledge the God we have and the power He makes available for us to be on mission with Him as His Church, fulfilling His purposes, regardless of the world in which we now live.
We might face challenges and we might have to overcome some obstacles, but we have a God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).
We Need God’s Power to Grasp and Implement a New Vision for the Church
Take some time to consider how God makes that power available to us and pull on it to grasp and implement a new vision fit for the days in which we live.
We have a Savior whose cross broke through so many barriers of sin and death that with our “feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15), we can overcome any obstacle. — There’s a way to reconcile anything good and right in accordance with God’s way.
We have a God whose grace is sufficient for our weaknesses and insecurities (2 Cor. 12:9). — There’s a means of rising above anything that might hold us down.
We are not alone. We have a Helper to guide (Jn. 16:13) and empower us (1 Cor. 12:7; 2 Tim. 1:7). — There’s One who serves as our Counselor and Advocate, far more capable than any earthly consultant.
We have the potential to come out on the other end united because of the power of His name (Jn. 17:11). — There’s a banner under which we rally and find protection.
We have Someone to turn to for the wisdom we need (James 1:5). — There’s an good answer for it all if we just ask.
We can trust God, with His resurrection power, to bring new life into a bleak situation when hope seems to be gone. — There’s a victorious path forward.
We don’t have to figure it out alone. God has empowered all members of His Body to do their part (Eph. 4:11-16). — There’s a building up of the Body, wherein we come out better, when we get others involved.
We can stand firm against the attacks of the enemy and be overcomers when we put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18). — There’s victory over evil and the evil one seeking to defeat and destroy the Church.
We have more than a Guidebook. We have the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17), able to cut through the lies of Satan who pushes us to give up, like it’s impossible to figure it out or continue on. — There’s both an offensive and defensive tool for moving into a new phase of church life.