BIG PICTURE, small steps

I’m a big picture kind of guy.  I like to dream big and ask big questions about what God can do in and through our little church:

What if Burlington City Church became a catalyst for church-planting in Burlington, Vermont, and across New England?

What would it look like for our community to experience true Jesus-centered transformation spiritually, physically, and socially ?

What could happen if God allowed us to launch Gospel Communities in every neighborhood in Burlington & Winooski?

What would happen if  we made disciples of those that seem at the bottom of the social ladder and seem to be the furthest from God and then equipped them to be the leaders of this movement?

BIG REMINDER: the only way we’ll ever see the big picture become a reality is if we’re faithful with the relationships, opportunities, and obvious needs God has already place right in front of us.  Often we pray for God to give us an opportunity to share the gospel when we have not been intentional with the existing relationships in our lives.  We pray for God to show us how He wants us to serve Him when we have not taken initiative with opportunities that exist within blocks of  our own home.  We want to meet real needs and make a real difference until we realize this will require small , messy, risky steps of faithfulness with no fanfare- much of what may seem very different from the big picture we dreamed.  We can easily forget that the big picture begins and continues to develop as we take small steps of faithfulness, following Jesus one step at a time.

These small steps are all about seeking the lost and serving the least- real people who God has placed right in front of me now.

He also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’      Matthew 25:22-23

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20

 

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