Re-signing up not Resigning – A reflection on following Jesus

This update is a reflection on life and following Jesus.  Life has a funny way to squeeze you.  In the pressure, we either let go of values we once held dearly, or the demands push us to re-sign up and hold those values even closer.  We also can strengthen our commitment when we know God has called us to join Him in something.  If we are responding to Him, we know grace will abound (2 Cor. 9:8). If what we’re doing was just a good idea we had on our own, then it will be easier to resign and walk away.  Why am I sharing this?  I believe we all cross this decision—many times.  When we remind ourselves how God led us; what He said; how we are to respond to Him, we strengthen ourselves to sign up again.  This realigns our hearts so we can live wholehearted for Him in the assignment He has given us. As a follower of Jesus, it’s normal to need to do this. It is not a sign of unhealthy weakness but of being human.

My heart was stirred this month when writing-out our family vision.  I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps you have not heard why we do what we do.  If you would like, read these Scriptures for your devotional time this week. Meditate on them.  Maybe they will move you, too.  Let us know your thoughts. Let us know why you do what you do. 🙂

Our larger, broader vision is to agree with God in accordance with the testimony of Scripture in how He is raising-up…

  1. prayer in the global Church in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David, the heavenly order of worship and prayer the way God showed David (1 Chron. 28:19-11; 25:5, 7; 16:1, 4, 7; Amos 9:11-15; Acts 15:16-17),
  2. that brings about a maturing Bride (Rom 11:25; Eph. 4:13; Song of Songs 6:8-9; 8:5-7; Rev. 7:14; 19:14; 22:17),
  3. a great outpouring of the Spirit and harvest of souls (Joel 2:28-31),
  4. Jesus’ return and the salvation of Israel (Isa. 42:13-17; 62:1, 6-7; Rev. 19:11-21; Zech. 14:1-7; 13:9; Rom. 11:26; Jer. 23:5-8; Isa. 4:2-4).

Our personal vision is to join the Church in completing the Great Commission Jesus gave His disciples by strengthening places of prayer, be it praying churches or houses of prayer, to embody these values: 1) Intimacy with God, He likes us and wants us near Him as there is no one like us that He has made and redeemed; 2) Urgency of the hour that Jesus is returning for a prepared, holy Bride; 3) Unified, corporate prayer accompanied with a lifestyle of the first and greatest commandment to love God. There are other values we hold but these are some of our top motivators.  There is much more that could be said about the implications of each point.

Thank you for reading our vision and partnering with us!