-written by J.J. Cole
Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I’ve found it’s the small things. Everyday deeds by ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. – Gandalf, Lord of the Rings
Earlier this weekend Christine and I did a family devotional with the kids titled “Sandcastles & Monuments.” We decorated rocks with markers, depicting how God has shown Himself to us in our lives. Gabby drew a rainbow on one rock and waters parting on another. Tyler drew a fireball coming down from the sky (go figure) and the Cross.
It struck me how the kids so easily reached for these “monuments” in history where God acted, where God demonstrated that love does.
- The rainbow – His promise to Noah
- The Red Sea parting – His deliverance of the Israelites
- The fireball from heaven – His support of Elijah
- The Cross – His willingness to go any length to save us
Throughout the Bible, we see God works through and alongside people. From the stories of Genesis to Jesus’ letters to the churches found in the Book of Revelation, there is no doubt that God prefers relationship and He wants to bring us into the fold of His vision.
Philippians 2:12-13 tells us, “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
He is our leader, no doubt, but we are in the fight with Him; much as David’s “mighty men” were with him through fierce battles and hard seasons. They counted the cost and they determined in their hearts to follow him anywhere. They understood that “love does.”
Andy Stanley writes, “God does not compartmentalize our lives. Everything you are involved in has spiritual overtones. Your vision is simply an extension of His vision.” So here is a challenging question: Would your life story, up to this point, fit into the pages of the Bible?
Are you asking God what He is up to? Are you open to hearing why He has you where He has you? Are you willing to give your loyalty to Him and submit to His calling? Are you humble enough to accept that you are not going to be given all the details, but willing go forward anyway?
Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? They declared that even if God did not rescue them from the furnace, they were committed to serving His ultimate plan to the point of sacrificing their lives. They didn’t feel entitled to an explanation from God, they were simply determined to be apart of His story, no matter what.
I have learned in recent years that if you give God your trust, He will tailor your mission specifically to you. After all, He designed you, so it is He who knows what will fulfill you and drive you forward. Working alongside God is choosing Him and adopting His mindset as your own. Once we truly begin to grasp our role in this life, we can begin to act on His behalf. When this happens, monumental and eternal events occur.
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
This Sunday, August 20, 2017 we have a guest speaker who will encourages us as a church body as we continue to step out in faith with this God-sized project called City Station. As we prepare to gather, listen to the songs we’ll be singing:
- Heart Abandoned – Passion
- Our Father – Bethel
- Miracles – Jesus Culture
- God of This City – Chris Tomlin
J.J. is married to Christine Cole, and they have been at Southern Hill since 2006. Their children are Gabby (7 y/o) and Tyler (5 y/o). J.J. serves as a deacon at the church, and he is a police officer with the City of Carrollton.