Our reach must exceed our grasp.
Good Folks, it is Friday, May 6, 2016. You have some 48+ hours until Mother’s Day.
I came across this quote in one of my daily devotional readings from Oswald Chambers. I believe that the church must live this quote always, in missions, evangelism, hospitality and connections to the community; however, we must be a patient and persevering people.
When the Apostle writes to the First Church Corinth, he describes his understanding of what love is and is not, and he begins that love is patient… Oswald Chambers does likewise: Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts.
I have been blessed, as many readers of this epistle, to have lived near or visited the coast, where wind and waves have beaten the rock-lined shoreline. Yet even these rocks, often granite because of its strength, get worn down. A reminder of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River that has etched its mark on the canyon’s wall. Worn but sometimes weary, but always a light set on a hill; salt of the earth. We as God’s creation can be a patient clan.
The church is of God and will endure to the end of time. With this brings a commitment of its people to faithfulness and preparation and vision. Chambers again: You always know when the vision is of God because the inspiration that comes with it; things come with largeness and tonic to the life because everything is energized by God.
“Our reach must exceed our grasp.”
What is your vision for the church, Sunday School Class, small group, worship service(s) that you regularly attend, missions, connections, hospitality, finance? … and the list never ends. How about a vision for yourself, your family and your own community outside the church?
May your reach exceed your grasp in life, love, faith and hope. But you gotta reach out. Holding your arms close to your side embraces no one but yourself. Let go and God will direct your way.
PIP Days 2016 continues today and tomorrow. Many showed up to do a labor of love. Many more are blessed.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
Reference: Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Daily Devotional Journal, May 2