Holy dissatisfaction. Staying hungry. Longing for more. Further up & further in. All these sayings are descriptions of avoiding a maintenance mentality. It’s important to keep pressing on “toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14)… both individually AND corporately.
On October 5, we at OMPC celebrated our 25th anniversary with a special worship service. And as we look back with great thanksgiving over what God has accomplished, we must also look forward to what God still longs to do in us and through us… and through our children… and perhaps even our children’s children.
When I think of holy dissatisfaction, or staying hungry, or longing for more, or continuing further up & further in to the Gospel, I often think of the biblical character Caleb. Caleb was one of the 12 spies sent into the Promised Land to bring back a report to Moses. As you recall, the spies saw that the Land was indeed one of “milk and honey”; however, there were also fortified cities inhabited by strong men. Ten of the spies lost heart and believed there was no way the land could be taken. Two men, Joshua and Caleb, reminded the people that though the cities were fortified and the men strong, God had promised to give the Land to Israel, and with God’s help, they would succeed. Unfortunately, the people rebelled and spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. After that generation died (with the exception of Caleb and Joshua) Joshua led the next generation in conquest of those fortified cities and strong men. And not one good promise of all that God had made failed—they ALL came to pass.
After the conquest, there were some battles to be fought, some hills to take. Caleb, now 85 years old, said, “Give me the hill country where the giants live! I am just as strong at 85 as I was at 45! The LORD will be with me and I shall drive them out” (Josh. 14:6-12).
As we celebrate 25 years of life together as a church, what hills are still to be taken? What giants are yet to be faced and defeated? As the LORD goes with us, what kinds of evil and darkness can still be driven out? These are the questions that capture my heart and imagination as we celebrate 25 years of God’s goodness. I want us to be a church that is thankful as we look back, but that lives with a holy dissatisfaction toward where we are! I long for us to stay hungry for more of God’s power and love to be expressed through our congregation in and around our community! I want us to be a church that longs for more of God’s grace to be released in our hearts, homes, neighborhoods, city, state and world! I want us to have a passion for continually moving further up & further in to all of the Promised Land of the Gospel’s benefits and fruitfulness that are ours in Christ!
Thank you for celebrating with us this year. But just as importantly, stay engaged over the coming years, and let’s grow together!
Posted: 10.8.2014 in Church Wide Share: