This coming Sunday we will be discussing what it means to “Glow in the dark.”
In the Christian faith, there is an axiom that has brought comfort to believers for centuries.
It is found in the epistle to the Romans: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”
The use of the words “all things” suggest that there is no circumstance be it evil, sinful, tragic, chaotic – even if it’s of our own doing – that can overwhelm God’s ability to sort things out and turn a mess into a message.
Two thousand years of testimonies only serve to strengthen this reality.
In the book of Acts, we see the amazing growth of the early church. Yet, soon after these new beginnings, the question surrounding its sustainability begins to surface.
As the new found church muddles about the temple day after day, and as thousands of new believers are caught up in what appears to be a never ending church service, some very practical questions begin to rise:
“How do we feed this holy horde?”
“Is this all there is to being a Christian – just standing around?”
If we look at the parting words of Jesus to his disciples, we see His answer. He says, “Go into all the world and share the good news…”
To say it a different way, “Go glow in the dark!”
Standing around—growing a motionless blob of believers—was never our Lord’s intent.
Shortly following Jesus’ ascension, we see the stoning death of Stephen in chapter 7. We see the church is quickly forced out of its comfort zone.
As chapter 8 begins, we see the church undergoing harsh persecution.
They are scattered in all directions. God uses this harassment and what appears to be a terrible tragedy upon his people and turns it into his greater purpose:
“The church begins to Glow in the dark!”
Come this Sunday night at 6 pm, and see how we go from darkness to light!
Hear the story of “Saint Caitlin” and see what happens when you don’t give in.
Are you in one of those situations where your life seems to have drifted into a ditch?
You can be assured that God is not surprised. Just keep shining. He is about to do something amazing!
Go give em Heaven!
I love you all