Friday, January 20, 2012

Chosen - Part 2

Last night I attended "rally one" of the Chosen women's conference at our church.  

"The spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has chosen me to bring good news ot poor people.  He has sent me to heal those with a sad heart.  He has sent me to tell those who are being held and those in prison that they can go free."  (Isaiah 61:1 NLV)

This morning I was back for rally two!  Again, we had a time of worship before getting to the keynote speaker.  This morning we had an opportunity to listen to Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom.

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I thought that she was going to be speaking on the subject of this book.  Our church has developed a missional mom community inspired by this book, so I figured that's where we'd be headed.  Instead, she gave an amazing message on dreams.

She spoke about how God has dreams for us and how they are one sure thing that we can count on coming to fruition.  I'll paraphrase some of what she said.  Lee spoke about how there are some who are so taken with the future that they forget about what's going on in the present day.  She referenced the likes of Harold Camping who put so much effort into proclaiming when the rapture would happen....twice.  Some get caught up living in the present and forget about the dreams God has for us.

"Even good dreams are misguided if God is not the author of those dreams."

Instead of living in the future, we should be living with a mindset that we are "making heaven a reality on earth."

Here was the challenge - "Are the things we dream about ultimately going to make an impact in the gloomiest places on earth?"  What are we doing that is intentional about bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth?  Essentially,  we need to "live as one who wants to share that taste of heaven with those who desperately need it."

We need to be open.
And we need to go.

These are the things Lee challenged us with - we need to open our hearts, minds, wallets, etc. to the possible areas around us and afar which we can help transform.  Then we need to go.  She put forth a "Chosen Challenge" to us that if it is on our hearts to go out into the mission field in the next 12-18 months, that we prayerfully consider it...and go.  Make an impact.  Be the hands and feet of Christ to those in the gloomiest places.  Make a difference to someone who so desperately needs your love.

One thing that stood out for me is when she said -
How do you know if your mission is done?  If you are still alive, it's not done!

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