I listened as the gentleman from Africa described his dream of building something that didn’t exist anywhere on the continent. Though we’d only met once before, I was captivated by his vision.
As he continued, I thought, “This is way bigger than what any one person can accomplish.” He was quick to acknowledge that. And together we talked about how God often gives us a vision for something that can only be accomplished with God’s help. As it turned out, God was already working, and this vision of bringing a vaccine production facility to the African continent may finally become a reality. Through Seneca Creek, God had provided one of the missing pieces for this to happen. Only time will tell, but what’s clear is that God had to show up MANY times for this vision to become reality.
That meeting reminded me of how often God gives us a vision of what he longs for us to accomplish…but the vision seems far to big to handle. That’s part of God’s remarkable plan. Because only when we come to the end of our own abilities do we turn to God. And only then do we begin to realize just how wise and powerful and good God truly is.
Have you ever had that kind of vision? Have you ever thought, “What this world really needs is ______, but I have NO idea how that could ever happen.” If so, let me encourage you to lean into that vision. Recognize that, yes, it IS too much for one person to accomplish. But it’s NEVER too much for God to accomplish! This is Paul’s message in Ephesians 3:20-21
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.
At Seneca Creek we have a vision to become a church where all people, regardless of race, culture, language, or gender can come together as the unified Body of Christ and serve and worship as one church. At times it seems like an impossible task. But with the help of God, we continue to lean into this vision.
- We continue to encourage men and women to follow God’s calling into every area, including leadership.
- We continue to encourage people of diverse backgrounds and races and languages to sit down and learn and listen and love one another.
- We continue to break down the barriers of color, class and culture that separate brothers and sisters in Christ.
- And we continue to believe and proclaim that the good news about Jesus Christ is the H.O.P.E. of the world, and the light that will penetrate and drive out the darkness that is all around us.
It seems impossible. But then, so does coming back from the grave. But God is the God of the impossible. What vision has he planted in your life?
P.S. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night. We’ll lose an hour of sleep, but we’ll gain an hour of wonderful daylight in the evenings.