“I commit to active pursue serving God by serving the people of this community and the greater Richmond area.”
For ten weeks we have talked and it is now time to get beyond words and put some commitment and action to our rhetoric. Churches have been notorious for telling and not showing. The church has declared what it is against and even what it is for, with little to limited demonstration of its faith.
We don’t want to be just another talking church. So we devoted ten weeks to building an understanding of how to be a radically external church and how to live life as a life on loan from God. As we ended week ten, on May 3, I invited everyone who would declare, “I commit to active pursue serving God by serving the people of this community and the greater Richmond area” to join me at the front of the auditorium to join hands and arms in a public statement of commitment. Ninety people flooded to the front to proclaim their commitment to serve outside the walls of our meeting place.
Some are already serving and renewed their commitment to continue. Others have a pretty clear idea of where they could and should be serving and committed to get on with it. But most said, “I have no idea how this will flesh out but I declare my intention to ask God to show me and I will say ‘yes.’”
If you were there you very likely committed to serve the Lord in real and tangible ways in our community. If you were there and didn’t commit, I encourage you to take the same step you witnessed others taking on Sunday.
If you were not in attendance on Sunday I invite and challenge you to join the others of NV who have boldly declared their availability to God in the greater Richmond area. Will you do so in a definitive way? Maybe write your commitment to God on a piece of paper and offer it to Him. Or declare it to someone else so it is real and not just a hopeful thought. Or respond to this blog with the declaration of your commitment to actively pursue serving God by serving others in our community and the greater Richmond area. Let’s make a difference. It takes all of us to do so. Are you in?