What a great weekend. On Sunday, Rock City celebrated with a ton of people who took their next step in faith. Seeing person after person step into the water as a symbol of their transformation in Christ is something that never gets old. Each time we do it, I think “this is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
On Sunday, Chad gave a great message on John 11: 25-26.
The context of the story is: two sisters want Jesus to come and heal their brother Lazarus. He’s a good friend of Jesus and they’re certain if he can just get there in time, their brother will be ok. He tells them not to worry and then he does nothing. Long story short … Lazarus dies. Understandably, the sisters are upset. Jesus finally shows up 4 days later acting like it’s no big deal. Many of you know the story ends well, however. Jesus tells (a very dead) Lazarus to get up out of his tomb and the guy walks out!
A couple of things Chad shared that really stuck with me as he was telling this story of Lazarus:
1. Sometimes God waits BECAUSE he loves us … not because he’s mad at us.
2. My preference and comfort will ALWAYS be trumped by His Glory. It’s not about me. It’s about him and what he wants to do in and through me. That means that ultimately, my comfort is not all that important to him.
3. Jesus wants us to trust him for who HE is, not for what he DOES. This is a big one for me. So often our faith meter goes up and down based on what God is or is not doing in our life in this moment. But Jesus says: I AM. And he wants us to believe in him based on that, not on something we’ve asked him to do.
Here’s a couple of adorable pics of one of the many people who got baptized this week. You can see her sweet son in the background video taping his mom’s baptism on her iPhone and then their sweet little kiss afterwards. I’m so proud of this single mom for leading her son through her faith. It’s a beautiful thing.