This is my post for Creative Chaos // 14 (see also guidelines) over at Ragamuffin Soul for this week. This is an ongoing discussion on my blog about how we can actually be prepared and allow God to work in our lives (see We Choose Not to Be Blessed, Part 1), including the church.
Allowing God to Work in Your Church
These two points here are not just expressed as what the church body (the total body of Believers in Christ) can do, but also what the church as a building full of Believers can do collectively as well. The smaller local church can be obedient or disobedient, and at the same time, can be blessed or not. All the same principles that can be applied to the individual can be applied to the church. I am so glad I am a part of a church that will allow God to work. We look at problems, issues, or needs in our own earthly way, but God looks at them in a Godly way.
Don’t Put Limits on God’s Ability to Work
Two quick examples for Creative Chaos from my church over the past month. As a local church group, thinking from our perspective down here, we had a mission trip to Uganda where we needed $10,000 to build a well for water. We came together with purpose and we collectively prayed that God would provide. We were “hoping” for $10,000, and he provided $40,000.
Then not two weeks later another need for a playground for the kinds in our church came to $25,000. Once again as a church we prayed for God to provide. We had already had donations of about $15,000 and within a week needed the additional $25,000. God provided $50,000. This church allowed God to work. Both cases my thinking in particular was limiting God and low, but up to the basic minimum. I came in with expectations and they limited God in what he could do. I thank God that I am not in charge.