Wednesday, December 8, 2010

God's Scouts!

The message Sunday focused on Isaiah 52:8 from the MSG version which says

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
Breaking the news that all's well,
proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
telling Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Voices! Listen! Your scouts are shouting, thunderclap shouts,
shouting in joyful unison.
They see with their own eyes
God coming back to Zion.

In that message, I played around with the image of a scout. A sports scout, for instance, has a plan to recruit athletes to be a part of their program. Coaches depend on good scouts to work an effective plan to reach athletes who will become part of the program.

Simply put, one way that we can see ourselves as the people of God, is as God's scouts. Sunday, I invited you to be intentional, to scout out the places and the people in your life where you can have an deep impact for the purposes of God - love, reconciliation, care and justice. Here's what a plan might look like: Identify a few people. Seek the Lord on their behalf and pay attention to the Spirit's leading. Invest in them authentically. And then take a risk and dare to love deeply and sacrificially. I encourage you to be invitational and bring someone to FCC, so that someone new may have a chance to experience a vital relationship with Jesus.