For the last number of months I have had this nagging conviction. I'll be honest and say its been rather annoying! What I'm alluding to is this desire to help equip the people here at CGC. Equip for what? For the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our city of Glasgow. Also, to combat the temptations of the world and ways of the devil.
For myself, this equipping has come under 3 different categories.
1: Not having a blind faith.
2: Having a boldness in our faith.
3: Living our life as an example to others.
Knowing God is a good start to not having a blind faith! I'm always encouraged by the Bereans in Acts 17:11, in that they took nothing they were told for granted but searched the scriptures daily. They double checked the teachings and got to know their Saviour at the same time. For us at Calvary Glasgow, we cannot have a blind faith. We live in a city filled with multiculturalism and many other social issues. For this reason, I think it's such a blessing that the Lord has led Dr. Ross Campbell back to the fellowship. Ross is someone I know from many years ago but got recently reacquainted with. He has a natural gifting for apologetics (I most definitely don't!), and wants to help in this area. Amazing and encouraging answers to prayer. God is equipping the saints for His work and His glory. As we get equipped, study and pray more, our faith grows and solidifies.
It's not a coincidence that we have been going through 1st Samuel since we came to CGC. The book so far has been about calling, opportunity, equipping and most importantly doing all things for the glory of God. Having looked at Jonathan and David both having that boldness for God, I've asked, Was that something that happened overnight? Of course not!Â It went on over a period of time; yet their boldness came from their own relationship with God. I love how David stood before Goliath and stepped forward. That first step must have been huge! Sure he was scared, but God had given him the tools (the sling and stones) and he brought to remembrance to David how he had killed bears and lions (1Sam 17:34-38). I love how he ends up running (17:48) because he knows the Lord is going to get the glory! This is the prayer for CGC, to have that boldness, to run to see God getting the glory. It'll still require work on our side but what example we have in David and Jonathan.
The final category speaks for the previous 2. If we are drawing after God, seeking Him and having the boldness in Him, then people will notice. We have that light that cannot be extinguished; the new man on, the old man put away. Our focus has to be on our Lord God at all times. Nothing else in this world matters except to follow the Lord. A whole hearted commitment should be our desire.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV)