In Touch October 7, 2011
Posted on October 7, 2011 by under Touché,

More Than You Can Ask or Imagine

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20, 21)

Baseball is beautiful! As I watched Alex Rodriquez bat last night I was fixated on the moment when the ball was leaving the hand of Detroit’s closer, Jose Valverde.  That split second before the outcome was determined I knew that either there would be glory for A-Rod and New York, or cheering in my brother- in-law’s home in Holland, Michigan.  To be caught in a moment when history is about to be written, one way or the other, is exciting.

I felt that way two weeks ago at the close of our consistory meeting.  We had just taken the vote to proceed with the process of bringing Warren and Lynette Jee to the United States to lead our Youth Ministry.  It had been a process where, at times, it looked like it would not happen, and then God seemed to blow open doors that we thought were shut. For those who had been a part of the process on consistory and those connected with the process in our youth ministry, it was definitely something that seemed “good to the Holy Spirit and to us.”  There were questions from others about the process and the decision to hire outside of the country in these economic times, but at this time the vision of what God is doing through our partnership in mission with J-Life and the quality of leadership we are getting for our youth, affirmed for us the design and hand of God.

As we closed the meeting, I had a Holy Spirit moment.  I sensed God saying he was going to do more than we could ask or imagine through the ministry being opened up to our youth and to our church.  It was as if the ball was set loose from the pitcher’s hand and in this moment of history God was going to open us to his glory for the next generation.

I am especially sensitive to the need for strong youth ministry in our midst.  Our year has started well with large numbers, new small groups and a great deal of energy.  Youth have choices that are beyond my imagination from when I grew up.  Steve Jobs has opened them all up to a brave new world that needs the foundations of faith to navigate with any sense of hope.  We are headed to a new epoch in the history of our church, and I truly believe the message God gave us that evening with consistory is that he is going to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to his power at work within us.  I am looking forward to cheering what happens next.

In His Power,