Having three kids means someone is ALWAYS trying to get my applause. Brett (11), is constantly learning a new method to solve one of his FIVE Rubik’s cubes and wants to show me. Sydney (4) is perfecting a trick, dancing ballet, putting on shows, and practicing her letters. Sam (2)… well, this cheeky little toddler is usually jumping off something or hitting some sort of ball showing off his skills. He shouts “LOOK-A ME!” and it doesn’t matter what important grown-up task I’m doing at the time, I can’t help but stop everything to see what this bundle of joy is up to now!
Needless to say, a child seeking his parent’s attention and approval is at the very core of his nature. Our kids aim to please the ones who love them most; they want affirmation and encouragement every step along the way.
I feel like this with my Heavenly Father right now. Our lives revolve around fulfilling the mandate we’ve been given to build a church here in Newcastle. At every step, we know God is working on our behalf, supernaturally aligning and drawing people to us. We are also doing everything we can to “show off” for our God. At every step, I’m so excited to say,
“Look at this, God!”
“Take notice of what we are doing for you!”
“Watch what we can do as a team!”
“See how amazing we will make your church!”
“Be on the lookout out for how we will please you with our offering!”
The Bible says that “the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB).
God loves us just the way we are and we can’t make him love us any more or less. However, just like our own kids have the ability to please us, we are equipped to make choices that will please God. Our task is to “single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and [we’ll] kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above [us] and proving [our] worth to the people around [us].” (Romans 14:18 MSG).
Last weekend, we moved into the school hall Lift Church will call “home” for the next year or more. Our beautiful team worked tirelessly opening boxes of equipment, setting it all up, training on its use, and then executed a powerful, anointed service that was PLEASING on every level. We had 53 people and one woman became a Christ follower!
We are gearing up for our advertised May 11 “GRAND-OPENING” and our goal is to fill up our venue with hundreds of people who are hungry to know more about God and His church. In single-mindedly serving Christ, we believe He is well-pleased.
Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. (2 Cor 5:9 MSG)