Our summer journey through Philippians, FROM STUCK TO FORWARD, begins this Sunday! Our starting point is Philippians 1:6; “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Do you know that you can have a passport to being unstuck?
How is God working in and through your life? So many in this body are feeling stuck BUT what if they are not stuck? What if they come to know that their brokenness is an opportunity to encounter God’s mercy, grace and favor instead? So, the question becomes, “How do we connect with God’s favor?” Quick answer: Ask a good question! The starting point in discovering God’s favor and kindness is always: “Father, what is your highest good for me in this situation?”
This question lifts me to a place of looking to “the one who began a good work among us and will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Discovering God’s favor is a growing focus on our privilege in Christ. This means that there is going to be a continuous growth in being filled by the Holy Spirit. We are continually lifted from where we are to the place where God sees us in Christ. Favor overwhelms us with who God is for us! It is where we are esteemed, approved and accepted by God Himself and we experience the peace and purpose of God which passes all human understanding.
To stay stuck is to not see ourselves as God sees us. Perhaps the enemy or circumstances has blurred your focus and you don’t see yourself as God sees you. This summer may each of us, no matter what our circumstances shout at us, experience God’s favor. And remember, the evidence and result of God’s favor is that in every circumstance, event, situation and relationship, we are becoming more like Jesus.
P.S. This Sunday we welcome 31 new members to Central! A reception in the lobby will take place to welcome these new brothers and sister in Jesus Christ. The Church Council will also be installed for their leadership amongst us this next fiscal year.