Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ashlee and I were grateful to experience the Campus Crusade staff conference in Fort Collins, CO this summer. Probably the thing that the Lord used to most impact us was one morning when Francis Chan shared with us. He challenged us by asking if we were truly living a life of faith. Are our lives only explained by the power of God in us or are we relying on our own abilities to accomplish things. As I thought about this it didn't take long to realize that I'm relying on my own talents to live my life. I never trust God to step out of "Jonathan Sharp's Scope". Francis said he used to say to the other pastors at his church, "If doing this job is easy for you and doesn't require faith...you need to leave." This struck something in my heart. What would my life look like if I truly believed God for His Word and stepped out of my own skills to do something that would be impossible for me to do if not for the Spirit of God living in me. I had to confess to the Lord that I was showing by my actions that I was not truly trusting Him and have asked Him to lead me into this true fellowship with Him. Very soon after that morning session with Francis, God gave me renewed (and new) vision for high school students. Sure I can go onto the high school campus and meet students and invite them to Student Venture meetings and Bible studies and I can setup an outreach with the football team and share the Gospel with them, but what if I trusted God to do more than this? What if I believed that He truly could use me to give EVERY student at Soddy Daisy High School an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. Sure, that's always been our vision, but what if I really believed it could happen? I'm eager to trust God and see Him work before my very eyes. He also has broadened my vision to reach other high school students in Chattanooga and even across the country and around the world. What if I trusted God to allow us to recruit others who have a passion for say, Ooltewah High School or CSAS or Ringgold High School and to coach them in how to take the Gospel to these schools? My God is great and mighty and powerful and He can do all things! God doesn't need me but I'm so thankful that He chooses to work in my life and lets me be part of His great plan of redemption! Will you dream big with me? Will you see the great needs around you and trust God to use you to intentionally take the Gospel to people who are not being reached? They are right there in your neighborhood, and at your job and at the gym you work out at and so on and so on. 60% of people in the U.S. have no desire to step foot in a church and won't respond to an invitation and only 10% of churches are targeting these people. Will you dream big with me and trust God to use you to reach a specific group of people with the Gospel? Invite others who share that vision to join you. Have your own missional team here in the U.S.! A great place to find others who share your vision is www.allcallings.com. You'll see the beginnings of our mission team at SDHS and soon many others will be checking this site out. Dream big.