What happens if we do not make our Bold Love goals? Good question and one most people are hesitant to ask. Why? Because that question suggests a lack of faith or that God will not do the impossible. Let me put your mind at ease. The leadership of Northstar has asked and discussed that very question. And not because of a lack of faith in God doing the impossible. It just makes sense to be prepared for whatever God chooses to do with the Bold Love initiative. Northstar is not automatically entitled to God’s support.
After all, God is not like an ATM machine, where you punch in the right prayer codes and receive what you requested within several days. No, we all have to wait and learn to trust God. That is what we are doing. And whatever the outcome, we will praise Him and to thank Him for all He has done in our lives and the life of our church. Because as we have learned at Northstar, God often works the most when we see it and feel it the least. We also know that behind the scenes, God is putting all the pieces together. And one day, at the appointed time, we will see the culmination of everything that God has been doing.
We are so excited, passionate and humbled by the opportunity that Bold Love provides us as a church. We believe it is our next step as a church community. It has been quite the journey so far and the journey continues. We are motivated by how the church is progressing and ramping up. Yet, we believe there is more that we can do. That is why we are embarking on the most God-sized initiative that we have ever undertaken at Northstar Church. We are motivated by Isaiah 43:18-19a … “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?…”
The purpose of Bold Love is not to provide a quick-fix solution or a super-sized financial aid package for a struggling church. Rather, the Bold Love initiative is an opportunity for our church community to strengthen and to empower life-changing ministries.
Bold Love was never been about money? It is about influencing others for Jesus. Will this stretch us? YES! Will this challenge us? Absolutely, but I can’t think of being in a better place as a church than depending on God in ways we have never depended on Him before. We are trying to realign our church so we are in sync with the Holy Spirit.
So what will we do if we fall short on our Bold Love goals? We are set on honoring and serving God, and the best measure of that is to move forward in faith, to make God’s will a reality. If we receive half of the money we will do half of what we planned. If we receive 80 percent of the money, then we will do 80 percent of what we had planned. You get the idea. We simply want to see more people seeking God’s promptings and obeying His nudges. And that will continue to be our goal, regardless of the Bold Love outcome.
My prayer is that through Bold Love, each of you will discover how to meaningfully invest your time, talent and treasure in what God is doing at Northstar Church.
I want you to understand one thing before I end this blog post. Bold Love is about raising our level of faith and trust in the God who owns everything. So, nobody’s going to think less of you if you don’t participate. We understand that we are asking a lot and that all of you have many priorities in your lives. Your decision is strictly between you and God.
My prayer is that God will give you a clear picture of how He wants you to respond.
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” – John 10:17-18