Saturday, January 14, 2012

Passion 2012, Session 8

This is probably going to be the shortest post because I have no idea what to write in order to sum up this conference, but we'll see how it goes.

Louie started off Passion 2012 with the hope that this quote would be true of this generation: "They realized they were in a place of holy mystery and God was at work. They were quietly worshipful and noisily grateful. Their statement was 'God is back!'." I think it went above and beyond that hope.

45,000 people in the Georgia Dome, around 45,000 people online, and countless others on the street, I'm sure heard the word of God preached, sung (in 6 different languages!), praised, and exalted over the course of 4 days. Over 3 million dollars was raised (by broke college kids mostly) to end and further prevent the global and local issue of human trafficking and modern day slavery. CNN was even affected and did a television broadcast of what this conference was doing about human trafficking when #howgreatisourGod trending as the number one topic on social media networks caught their attention!

The thing that really struck me is that a homeless man on the streets of Atlanta went up to some of the people during the candlelight prayer/freedom vigil and simply made the comment "You guys are saving America."

The Bible always tells us that we should be declaring the gospel boldly, but most of the time we tend to hold back because we feel like people don't want to hear it, "I'm just one person, I can't make a difference anyway", or we think we are too young. The system of our world sets us up in a holding pattern and leaves us waiting for an appointed time, waiting for someone to come up to us and say "Okay, now is the time to do this really big thing for God." when in reality, we can do something right now. And it doesn't have to be this huge production, a lot of the time it's the little things we do that add up over time.

Not everyone has to be in a mission spotlight. We aren't all going to be feeding the hungry in Africa, rescuing sex slaves in Nepal, or planting churches in China. Meet the necessity in word and deed and glorify God in whatever you do. (You could even end up changing tires in the name of Jesus if that's what you're good at.) God isn't as concerned with "what"you do as much as "who" you're doing it for.

We are called to do something to spread the gospel where we are, with what we have. (I've had to learn this the long and frustrating way because I always want to run with the first and biggest thing that comes into my head and I've heard the word "no" so many times lately that I'm forced to wait on God's timing.) But I can tell you that His timing and plans are better than mine and they accomplish more than I will ever be able to.

One trick to God's timing, I've learned is that things don't happen chronologically, they happen when our awakening happens. We have to be listening to God and what He wants accomplished before we question Him on HIS timing.

Another reason we shy away from doing something is that we feel like we are too broken, messed up, or off track to amount to anything for God. We end up saying to ourselves in the mirror, "I want to evangelize, but look at this mess!" But things also happen out of suffering.

Out of brokenness comes fearlessness. It's the bow that launches the arrows of healing. God launches healing from people who know what it's like to be healed.

A great thing for us to do is put this prayer at the top of our lists every day: "God, when I open my mouth, give me words to fearlessly proclaim Jesus." We minimize our fears of evangelism when we maximize God and the fear of living an insignificant life.

Louie Giglio also stated at the start of the Passion conference that obviously the world doesn't know this generation of 18-25 year olds. That we seem to be on a different wavelength with God. I think he's right about both statements. Well, they may not know us now, but why don't we do something to change that? Let's be so radical for God and the gospel that we force the rest of the world to take notice. Lets make a bigger and better difference in the world than people are willing to give us credit for right now.

So, what are you waiting for?

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