Opportunities

We play a vital role in an exciting time. As Energizer Church, we have so many exciting opportunities coming up; opportunities to build the Kingdom.

As I ponder the season we are heading in, and as I think of our incredible team who already do such an amazing job of serving, I find myself asking questions like these:

Are we taking hold of the opportunities in front of us or are we holding things at arms’ length perhaps?

Are we allowing God to stretch us and increase our capacity, or are we holding back for fear of burning out?

Are we seeing outreach as chores or opportunities?

Are they Energizer Church’s mission or are they OUR mission – do we own them?

Are we just filling a roster or are we willing to do whatever it takes?

Are we allowing God to transform our thoughts, so that we get a greater perspective?

Do we really believe the words: ‘what we are part of is bigger than the part we play’?

As I ponder these questions, I am challenged. Let’s shift our thinking, continue to take up the mantle and ‘be the church’. We have all been anointed, we have what it takes, we are sons and daughters of the King of kings and His ways are higher than our ways. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above and beyond what we could ask, think or imagine.

What do you imagine the church COULD be?

Well, God is so much bigger than that and He has so much more in store than that. It is so important for us to lift up our eyes above our here and now and above our day-to-day activities, even above the role we play in the church and begin to see with Kingdom eyes.

Why do we do what we do? Can you easily answer that question?

We are all instruments whom God can use, as long as we’re willing, and the more we worship and fix our eyes on Him, the more He will. We need to take the opportunities or more so, MAKE the opportunities to draw near to Him. As long as you let God use you, He can minister to others through you.
“ God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
2 Corinthians 9:8

To keep our focus where it needs to be, we continue to love and worship Jesus, above everything else.
There is no greater commandment and calling on our lives than this; we must love Jesus.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

We meditate on, consume, and obey the Word of God. It is not enough to preach or sing the Word publicly; we must also be hearers and doers of the Word privately.
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)

We value excellence in everything we do. We strive to be prepared, skilled, and excellent in heart, mind, and spirit. We are a church which exemplifies the spirit displayed in the the building of the tabernacle in Exodus.
“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Cameraderie trumps comparison. Simply put, we do together what no single one of us could do alone. Instead of comparing, we cheer each other on and celebrate each other’s giftings.
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Ministry is an absolute privilege. It is not a chore or a beatdown but a beautiful measure of grace to be able to serve the body of Christ.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

True leadership is more than earthly wisdom, influence, or charisma. It is seeing what God is doing, responding to His Spirit, and helping others follow.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1, 3)

We choose servanthood over stardom. We realise that the only person who deserves a platform, audience, or spotlight is Jesus Christ.
“And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:18-20)

Our character is more important than our competency. Artists tend to focus on skill level over character, but character is a necessity for anyone with influence. The eyes of the Lord see the condition of the heart.
“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)

We are a relinquishing people. To relinquish something means letting that object be released, scattered, and unleashed. Our teams are made up of people who relinquish everything they have for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. If Jesus, who had every right to keep what was His, still chose to give everything away, so should we be willing to let go of what we consider to be “ours.”
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:3-5)

We all have an incredible responsibility within our church to help create a picture of who God is through using the gifts and talents that we have been given. We take seriously the call that God has on our lives and the place that has in serving the body of Christ.

We desire to first be worshipers of our mighty God, servants of His house, and faithful with the gifts that God has placed in our hands. We are all part of the body of Christ, and each of us plays a vital role within the local church.

Let’s stay focused, let’s stay ON MISSION and let’s be expectant for what God is doing in us and through us!

Katie Swift
Energizer Creative Team Leader

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