Posted by Student & Family Pastor JJ McLeod
I find it impossible to not thank God for all that He has done for His church. The grace and forgiveness that we have received is true and sure and will never be taken away. Isn't that beautiful? Yet, at the same time, we must never lose sight of the fact that God is not done with us; He isn't finished here. Jesus still, as much as ever, desires to work His power in us so that He can work His power through us in the world. While we are all individuals with our own hopes, dreams, futures, and purposes, we are simultaneously meant to be connected by the same driving passion.
Growing up and spending years in competitive baseball at nearly the highest level possible, I always had coaches who talked about this concept of "buy in." You see a bunch of individuals by themselves, doing their own thing, will never accomplish something significant. But if a group of people who believe in each other, their mission, their purpose, the process ahead of them, and, in our case, the Sovereign Master of it all, buy in to what is happening, then they can do unthinkable things. The reality is that we as believers are called to truly buy in to what God wants to do with His creation.
Jesus said in John 14:12, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. " Jesus said that we would do even greater things than He did if we believe in Him! It blows my mind that God can say to us that we will do even greater things than Jesus. This is quite a mystery and I don't pretend to understand all that it implies but what I do know is that Jesus is telling us if we believe in Him and subsequently what He is all about, He will do unimaginable things through us. So with all the new and wonderful things that Jesus Christ wants to do, can you honestly say that you believe? Can you genuinely say that you are bought into Jesus and His mission that He has given us? If not, what’s stopping you? Let me challenge you today to do a heart check, to look at your calendar and your family, to take a hard look what God has given you and simply ask yourself the question, “Am I bought in?”