“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” Proverbs 29:18
There is rarely that a day goes by that I do not ask this question: What is God’s will for my life? In some ways, this is a timeless question. After all, I want to have assurance that God has a plan for my life and I want to be obedient to God’s will. In other ways, this is a timely question for us as a church. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how the pieces of the puzzle might fit together to reveal the bigger picture of God’s will for our church.
As I have said the past few weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that we cannot remain the church that we were just several years ago. The bigger picture prohibits that. We may have to do something new if we are to be faithful to God’s mission and purpose for our church. We are coming to terms with the fact that we need to make some changes. What or when this will unfold is yet to be determined. As it does, the leaders of Northstar are in constant prayer for God’s will for our church. And at the same time, we are imagining our future.
Getting on the “same page” as a staff and staying there doesn’t just happen: it takes time and work. We spend a lot of time processing central issues that face us as a church, and along the way we as leaders have gotten on the same page.
But getting on the “same page” with God is an entirely different challenge. We can easily assume that we are, but that is very different from knowing that we are. How does one get on the “same page” with God? I believe a big part of the answer is praying for God to move. As we pray and humbly seek His will, it seems God really is ushering in a change, and is moving us in a new direction, and we need to get used to that. Over the last few months I have learned to slow down and wait for God’s timing on the “change” I believe is coming. At the same time I have learned to trust God to reveal the pieces of the puzzle in order to get an honest read of what the big picture really is. The bottom line is this: We pray that God’s course for our church alone will dictate our future direction and that we will set and steer the course according to His will.
Our mission is “to help the whole world find and follow Jesus.” That is our history and my passion. God has already done amazing things at Northstar and I believe God has even bigger dreams for His people. Think about what is possible 3-5 years from now as God empowers us to fulfill this mission. This is where it really gets exciting.
I believe the result of being in His will will be clear, demonstrable, and otherwise impossible movements of God in our midst. I ask that you pray for the church. Pray that we will be on the same page with God and that we will be doing His will regardless of where that leads us.