"Oh the places we will go: imagine it, picture it, capture it & run with it, together.” On Sunday, at C3 Church Wellington we began our ‘Picture This’ series. We are so excited to kick off this series because over the next two weeks we are going to unpack the vision of C3 Church Wellington for 2018 and beyond. If you weren’t able to make it, not to fear, we can catch you up!
Disclaimer: This is not a fundraising series. We believe this is a series all about releasing vision in your life and then partnering together to answer the purpose that goes beyond ourselves to accomplish the vision God has for His people and His church.
We, C3 Church Wellington, believe that we are not in community together by mistake. We believe that your individual calling has led you to a place in your life where we get to champion you on to fulfill your purpose but to also partner with you as we serve the purpose that goes beyond us as a church. Our purposes together are linked. We want to play our part and be obedient to the call of God together.
The scene is set before us of the testimony of Nehemiah; he was a captive under the reign of King Artaxerxes who was the great king of Persia. Nehemiah was in a trusted position to the King; he was his cupbearer. One day in November, news came that his home and great city of Jerusalem was in ruins. This broke Nehemiah - he wept, prayed and fasted for his home as he was in no position to leave and help his home city.
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev , in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. [Nehemiah 1:1-4]
The in between.
In the above verses, Nehemiah references two months; Chislev is the month of November and Nisan is the month of January. This is a period of four months where Nehemiah is burdened by the fact that his home city is in ruins and because he is under captivity, there is absolutely nothing he can do about it. Passion is defined by the means to suffer. Nehemiah was so passionate about the need to rebuild his city that he suffered for four months and and so all he did in that time was pray, weep, and fast. Nehemiah was in an in between wait period of his call from God and the time to take action of that calling. Nehemiah had to wait four months before his divine wait was over.
Like Nehemiah, it can feel like we are in an in between period of our lives. We are carrying a burden, passion and calling yet it can feel as if there is no way to fulfill it. Sometimes we have been waiting so long that we wonder whether it will ever happen.
At C3 Church Wellington, we believe that God can do so much in the in between time of your life. God is arranging, aligning, and positioning you and God is aligning, arranging, and positioning others in this divine wait of yours.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. [Hebrews 10:23]
Let’s take a look at men who had to wait for some time before their calling was fulfilled - Abraham’s in between was twenty five years, Moses’ in between was 40 years, and Nehemiah’s in between was four months. The one thing each man commonly witnessed is that it always came to pass - God who promised, is faithful. Sometimes people quit in the in between, take heart! Your divine wait has purpose, hold onto the promises that God has for you. What God speaks, will always come to pass!
Letters from the King.
In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid.
I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' graves, that I may rebuild it.” And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time.
And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.
Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. [Nehemiah 2:1-9]
After four months of burden, Nehemiah was finally given the opportunity to ask for what his heart desired. All that suffering released and gone by one question from the king. The king gave Nehemiah the letters that would give him access to any resource or aid that he required to go home and rebuild the city. Nehemiah received authority from the king to go and fulfill his calling; his divine wait was over.
What does your heart desire? What are you requesting? Ask God.
The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. [Proverbs 21:1]
You don’t need good ideas, you need God ideas. See when God has given you a passion, purpose and a calling and when your divine wait comes to an end, God will release you with all access and authority to see it to completion. God has gone before you by arranging, aligning, and positioning you and others for your calling and then He stands with you and gives you all resource required as He sends you out to fulfill that calling. You will have your letters from the King and with those, nothing can stop you!
We believe that God has hardwired you with a purpose and a calling given by Him. We believe that God has stirred your heart with such passion for this purpose that you carry such a burden of the need to see it to completion. We believe that God will give you a time of divine wait where He will arrange, align, and position you and others around you in order to fulfill your purpose. We believe that when your divine wait is over, God will give you your letters of access and authority to fulfill your calling. Seek Him, wait on Him, get ready. What God speaks will always come to pass.
We can’t wait to champion you in your calling but to also partner with you as we go together and fulfill the calling God has given us as C3 Church Wellington in 2018.
By Shekinah Rapata