Louie Giglio recently gave a message talking about the vision and values Passion City Church has. I really liked the first one:
Jesus is our lead story!
I wanted to sum up some of the key take away points for me:
- The enemy will be content if Jesus remains the “lead story” for the Church but is not the lead story for your life individually. Giglio, talked about when he was at school and if you had asked any of his class mates what he was about, none of them would have said “Jesus”. I was challenged, because ultimately that is what I want others to see in my life. In my workplace, in my marriage, in my friendship circles and when I hang out with people. I want my main story to be about Jesus. Yes, of course this doesn’t mean I never do any work, I never talk about the latest films or books I’m reading. It doesn’t mean I wear “Christian apparel” and lots of cross necklaces! But what it means is that in every season and in every circumstance I am asking the question ‘why am I here?’ and ‘how can I use this to glorify Jesus?’.
- This leads me to the second thing that stood out which were the two questions above”
- Why? (Why this season, why this giftedness, why this platform, why this struggle, why did this happen to me in my past etc). The answer will be related to Colossians 1:15-20 which says that by Him and for Him all things were made and have their being.
- How can I use this for Jesus’ name to be made known?
- Even a limited platform can be used by God. Louie Giglio talked a little about how some people have large ‘followings’, and audiences and platforms where many people are watching. But a lot of us only have a few people watching, a small circle of people paying attention. But this should not discourage us, because God can use even a handful to have a significant impact on the world!
- The story of C.T. Studd! Who was a famous Cricketer (played the first test match for the Ashes), became one of the Cambridge Seven. He left the riches of his family, the success of his cricket, to China to preach Jesus’ name. He became gravely ill and had to return to England. Instead of writing a book about his success, he went to the Congo. Where he gave his life and died.
Only one life ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last – Poem by C.T. Studd
[Moses] regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. – Hebrews 11:26