Sunday is always our favorite place to be and what a Sunday it was in the house! We had the pleasure to hear from a great communicator, Abbey Curtis. Abbey has a way to communicate the heart of Jesus in an authentic, engaging, real and practical way.
Abbey blessed us with some insight into her journey with Jesus and her relationship with Him. Abbey met Jesus on a university campus and through a conversation with a stranger over a cup of coffee. Abbey shared how when she first became a Christian, she quickly found a home in C3 Church Wellington, she found her people. It was only nine months in when Abbey was asked to head up Primal in Wellington. Abbeys initial answer was no; she thought it was joke. Jesus was new to her and now her youth pastor was talking about Abbey heading it up and taking over the youth ministry. To add to her initial thoughts of not being qualified enough, a dear friend aided in confirming any doubt. Abbey had a decision to make.
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” [Jeremiah 1:4-10]
Words are powerful. Words have the ability to either give life or destroy. People have spoken and will try to speak over our lives; words that are so far from the truth of what God says. Like many of us, Abbey has also experienced this in her life. We are so thankful that God uses scripture to undo words that are meant to take us out.
You are going to become what you tell yourself. You have the choice to either live in what you say about yourself or what God does. It was no mistake what God told Jeremiah; God had called Jeremiah, chosen him, put His words in the mouth of Jeremiah, and appointed him. Just like Jeremiah and Abbey, we have a choice.
Remember God says it’s my word that is power, it is my word that gives life, it is my word you need, stop saying you don’t have opportunities. God says stop saying you’re not called, stop saying you are only a child, stop saying you’re snowed under and can’t take on anything, stop saying you don’t have the capacity, stop saying you don’t have the time, stop saying you’re not the guy. You’ll never be the guy, you’ll never have the time, you’ll never have the capacity. God’s saying it is for you, He’s saying now is the time. God is saying; I’m done with your words, my word is greater, my word is truth, my word is stronger, holds more power, my word gives life, my word is who you are. God is telling you; I know you, I’m telling you I chose you, appointed you, I’m touching your mouth. I’m putting my words in your mouth now.
So we have everything we need; the calling, the appointment, and His words. How much of a struggle can it be to outwork it though? Sometimes very hard. We hear a lot of messages on vision but often feel stuck where we are or not sure how to move forward. Why? The reason is because we struggle to connect the word of God to our reality. It’s because your reality isn’t your reality. We think that our reality is what other people tell us we should think or do. So when God does call us and it seems so out of the box, we freak out because it nowhere near fits the mould that we have become so accustomed too all our lives.
We, C3 Church Wellington, believe that Jesus calls us out of that societal mould that we are so accustomed too. God does this with just one word. One word. God says come! Jesus breaks a lifetime of our words with one word. God can break a lifetime of shifting and shaping and contorting with one word. Come. God says keep your eyes on me, on my reality.
God says see my reality.
The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.” [Jeremiah 1:11]
God wants us to see what He sees. God created the tree, man made the table. See, God gives us all the resources, all the giftings, all the people, and everything else we need to step into His reality and do what He has called us to do. What do you see? God created us to create.
With what is in front of you right now, what do you see? What do you see with that computer screen at work? What do you see with that dining room table? What do you see with that one year old church? What do you see with that ten year old church? What do you see with that coffee cart? What do you see with your hands, with your paint brush, camera, finances, your skills in hospitality, your work mates? What do you see?
We believe that God has created you to create with every resource available. This is the reality of God; to be all that He created you to be and then to go out and create more. We believe that God is for you and is going to back you where ever He calls you too. You are unfit for the mould of everyone else but you are just right for what God has in mind. God says see my reality. What do you see?
By Shekinah Rapata