On Sunday October 15, Ridge UMC family heard a powerful testimony from John and Sue Molenaar about how God has moved through their lives and marriage in an extraordinary way. Thank you John & Sue, for being amazing servants!
As Jesus wants to do something extraordinary in your life and mine, Jesus needs to grow our hearts and thus enlarge your capacity; making us a new creation. Capacity not only is about having a bigger heart to love more… but capacity is also about having a greater power to accomplish loving others.
Jesus grows our capacity to love. How are you giving Jesus your heart to grow your love capacity? Holding your heart back. Feeling shy, or bruised or timid. Extend even your broken heart for Jesus to mend and then wait and see how he will grow into back into your heart with an even greater capacity.
We are also challenged to stretch our commitment to God in Jesus. If we stretch our commitment to Jesus and his ways, then our deeper commitment will reap deeper investment. If we hold back, or limit our investment, we will gain only a little.
The same can be said about generosity. Generosity begets generosity. Over the past month as we have watched one hurricane after another impact, Texas, Florida, the keys, and Puerto Rico- you have responded generously. We delivered over a dozen health kits, a flood bucket, four boxes of cleaning supplies, and that is all over and above the $4,542.00 we have sent onto UMCOR! Wow- talk about stretching our commitment to be people of generosity… and we did that while giving to our ministries and our Thrive campaign! WOW, well done, Ridge.
We are encouraged to expand our influence in the lives of others as our God blesses us with an expanding notion of family and friendships. As Jesus wants to do something extraordinary in your life and mine, Jesus expands who our neighbors are and thus grows the next ripple or ring in our sphere of influence. Who is Jesus nudging you to mentor? Invite to coffee? Invest life or spiritual advice into? Pour life into? Don’t think you’re too old or too young or too anything… Jesus has someone in mind for you.
Enlarging capacity, stretching commitment, expanding influence- imagine what God could do through you, through me, through us- when we trust Jesus with what we’ve been blessed with. What if… what if you and I both did something extraordinary for Jesus? – this is our what if challenge as we lean into planning and preparing for our ministries in 2018!
See you at Jesus’ possibility place,