I've frequently found that God puts opportunities in front of me and all I need to do is say, "yes." But, most of us don't seem to be programmed like that. We tend to come up with a list of reasons why something could never work and all the things that could go wrong. God puts opportunities in front of us but instead of saying yes, we say no and spend our time and effort working on our own goals and agendas.
We didn't set out to plant a church. We formed no committees, did no studies and prepared no bylaws. Instead, when an immigrant with a heart for Jesus and reaching other immigrants came in and simply shared his vision for a prayer group, I said, "why not here?" And then, when numbers grew, we said, "why not move into the Maine auditorium?" Again, numbers grew.
When the new group felt led to begin a new worship service on Sundays, we said, "yes! Let's see what God will do!"
Now, every Sunday, this old building is filled with people worshipping Jesus from 10-3 in four or five languages. Why? Because we simply say "yes, Lord" when new opportunities for ministry present themselves.
And God is blessing us tremendously.
I am writing this in Prescott Park in Portsmouth while Beauty and the Beast is going on and I sit by the water. I'm glad it's dark because I have tears and tingles for how faithful God has been each time we have said yes.
Yes to summer food distribution. Yes to praying about a new roof for a school we love in Guatemala. Yes to continuing our Open Door Kitchen even through tougher times. Yes to partnering in our community. Yes to welcoming the foreigner in our land as our own, just as Scripture commands.
I hope you're planning to join us Sunday to hear all God is doing.
What a pleasure it is to serve God with you guys and worship with you.