A few thoughts

February 3, 2010

“Let us now consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10 v24-25

“Instead, we hold the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of His body the church.  Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” – Ephesians 4 v15-16

Hi there…  It’s been really quite strange for me not being round Cornerstone lately.  I’ve been hiding up in Belfast for all of January doing my finals exams at uni.  After they finished, Lauren and I went to visit her family for a week; it was a beautiful and relaxing time.  But over this whole period these two verses were never off my mind as I believe they stand for so much of what I believe the church, that is the body of Christ should stand for.  Surely church should be a place where we go to meet with those who share our faith in order to get built up and encouraged in our faith.  Like Adam’s blog recently, Sunday mornings are not our only times of “worship”, are our lives not our time of worship?

I’ve heard Donevan Coetzee preach a couple of times now, and the man’s zest for life and passion for God is just there.  In sport a committed player is said to “wear their heart on the sleeve” but Donevan just takes this to a whole new level! A quote I’ve heard him say a few times and is simple, yet profound is “I love church. I wake up in the morning and I cannot wait to go to church!”

Isn’t this incredible.  Quite often come early Sunday morning and the alarm goes off, or any morning when the alarm goes off, what do I think… Is it “I cannot wait to go to church today!” or “Right God, it’s me and you, what are we going to do today?”  Sometimes, yes… Sometimes, that excitement isn’t always there.  And why is that? Personally, I think it’s because we fall into a routine no matter whether you are a pastor, a doctor, on going to school and with time, routine doesn’t fill us with excitement and passion.  Then I think of Donevan who makes this statement and he has been in ministry for years yet each day he wakes and is just so incredibly excited about what God has in store.

So, recently I’ve been really missing the community that is my local church.  I can’t wait to go back and see everyone again, to hang out, to encourage and as Paul mentions many times in the New Testament, to edify the body.  I am excited to be at church this Sunday and to be around my spiritual family, being encouraged and sharing the gifts God has given each and every one of us… It’s going to be awesome… Come!  With how I feel about going to church this weekend, having not been for a while has really challenged me to be thinking that way each and every day that I live.  When I wake in the morning I want me first thoughts and words always to be praising God and not grumbling at the alarm, and I want my everyday challenge to be “How can I love today? How can I serve today?”  Whether that be at home, in class, at work or wherever.

Love and prayers