Is It Still Worth It?
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Matthew 5:8 ESV
Sometimes, plans change. While I know this isn't a revolutionary revelation, I've realized more and more how important it is to remember how much more sovereign God is than I am. We may think we've got His plans nailed down and then He changes them all over again. Take for example our community here in Harrisburg, PA. Last summer the Lord totally wrecked the plans that we had not just for the rest of the year, but for several years to come. He shifted our focus to seeing Allison Hill (the neighborhood where our base is located) transformed. This meant laying down a discipleship school and many other "plans" we had for the year. Now our focus has been set to serving this neighborhood and reaching the lost and broken until Jesus pours Himself out in a way that will transform all of Allison Hill. Something new is brewing and we are doing everything we can to receive whatever that new thing is.
Last year I wrote a blog on our website on the story of Zacchaeus. The blog I'm writing today could in a sense be considered "Part Two". I would highly encourage you to read the first one if you haven’t already! Anyways, it’s no secret that we had a vision to see four teams being sent out on the Burn Wagon last year however, we ended up with one full team of fifteen people. That's a pretty drastic change in plans I would say. I never doubted that God knew what He was doing amid that vision seemingly falling apart, but I did however have questions: “Why was last year so hard God?” “What can I do better to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” “Did this just happen or was there a divine plan behind all of this?” These are vulnerable for me to share yet they are also pretty normal questions considering I’m not all-powerful and all-knowing. As I began to process these questions I had with God, I heard Him ask me one question in return: “Is it still worth it?” I chewed on this for a minute. Would the Burn Wagon still be worth it if it was hard to get teams together every year? Would God still be worth that heartache? Of course, my answer was a resounding “YES”!
You see, what God was really seeking in that moment was whether we would continue to be faithful to seeing the nations return to Jesus and seeing the church rise as the victorious Bride of Christ, or not. I am going to choose to believe that every time the Burn Wagon comes around that we are on the cusp of the greatest outpouring of God’s presence the earth has ever seen, because He IS worth it. He is deserving of the nations of this world and I am willing to give my life to see Him receive that crown. I mentioned at the beginning of this blog that there is something brewing in our community. That something is not just revival, but true city transformation. God is going to sweep across this city because believers from nearly every community in and around Harrisburg are coming together and pursuing the goal of seeing God’s presence transform our city!
You might be wondering what all of this has to do with the story of Zacchaeus at this point. You might be wondering why I started writing this blog with a verse that seems so random. Well, last year I wrote how the heart of Zacchaeus was to do whatever it took to see Jesus. He wasn’t going to let the crowd or his height (his circumstances) determine if he got a glimpse of Jesus! In other words, I fully believe that to see God move we must do more than hope He happens to move in our city. We need to do whatever we can to prepare ourselves for the impending move of God. We need to be ready. Zacchaeus got called down from that sycamore tree and his life was forever changed. Sometimes when we simply act on that desire to see Jesus, our plans change. Just like it did for Wildheart Ministries this past summer. Just like it has for the Burn Wagon.
God doesn’t want us to be without a true vision our entire lives. So, as we step out in our passion for Him, He gives us a bigger picture! This is where that verse comes in. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Did you know that the name Zacchaeus means pure and clean? Purity can have many different aspects, but I want to drop a piece of revelation that I received in learning this truth. The purest thing we can do as Christians is to passionately pursue seeing Jesus exalted in our cities and in the nations of the earth. Sometimes we don’t know what we are doing, and sometimes we do, but when we reach that place of willingness to do whatever it takes to see Jesus move, we WILL see Him move. It’s His promise to us. The pure will see God.
I want to invite you to join us this summer in our mission to see Jesus exalted over America and Canada this year. There is no better time to be a part of what God is doing than right now. I sure don't want to miss out on this inevitable move of God and if there’s one thing that I have come to know to be true, it’s that God is coming!
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