“Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”
Matthew 16:18 (NLT)
As Jenny and I have prepared for our “We Are” commitment, there is a truth that we’ve struggled with. Just to level set, the commitment is a financial commitment above our current tithe (10% of our income). Here’s the truth that we find in the above passages: there is no greater cause to give my life to than the cause Jesus started—the Church.
That sounds great. It might even look good on a t-shirt but I don’t like it. If I read the above truth right, it means that I’m missing out when I’m giving all of my time, money, and passion to something other than the Church. There are some really good causes to get involved with and we should. There are activities and hobbies that we should continue doing with our families and friends. But none of these things should take first place. The Church should be our primary cause that we give our time, money, and passion to. For us, New Hope should be our primary cause that we give our time, money, and passion to because Jesus started this cause.
While reading this week’s reading, there are great examples of men and women living out this truth. If they didn’t die for the cause, they spent their lives committed to Jesus’ cause—the Church. They realized a couple things:
• The Church can change the world. Jesus changes people’s hearts. The change leads to creating a lasting change that affects our families, our friends and our communities.
• The Church will outlive everything. The Church isn’t going anywhere—because Jesus isn’t going anywhere. As Jesus builds the Church, the Church will keep living. It’s been around for 2,000 years. There’s not an organization that can come close to that. Apple is good but not that good.
As we read through Acts, I love and at the same time hate the challenge the first followers of Jesus gave their lives to the Church.
In the end, I need to do better. Join me?
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