I serve in the Worship Arts Ministry at church. I am a vocalist on the vocal team, I occasionally sing with the choir, and I also serve in the production booth, working computer media (running the slides with song lyrics, scriptures and videos that the congregation sees on screen). We are in the middle of a series called EPIC, and one of our pastors, Luke, was speaking. What he said really affected me...I mean, I was scribbling notes, and trying to pay close attention at the same time, so I could make sure the right slides were up onscreen. (Forgive me, Mountain Christian Church, if some of the slides were wrong or late because I was distracted - my heart was convicted!...however, I WAS NOT the cause of the power outage, lol!)
E - Encounter Christ
P - Personalize the mission
I - Invest time and money
C - Change
I am at a crossroads now, where I am praying on how I plan to personalize my mission, (including this trip). It must have meaning in my life for it to remain relevant to me, for me to remain passionate about it. But more importantly it has to be of and about God, and His plan.
1Peter2:9-10: You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's Special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
These things struck me!
You are a chosen people. Who? Me? An impatient single mom? A failure, a sinner...me?
You are a royal priesthood. I have no church, and I certainly don't have a kingdom!
You are a Holy Nation. I lead no one, and I mess up so much...how can I be Holy?
You are God's Special Possession. You're kidding me, right?
(By the way, to possess is to make something, then proclaim ownership. It's like God created me, then drew a circle around me with His arms, and says "this is mine"...like kids do with toys or candy they don't want to share)
God has designed me to Go and Do His great works, in my life, and in Mexico this summer. I must go and fulfill His mission, as He has personalized me for this very purpose. He has challenged me, and I have taken Him seriously by applying to go on this trip, and now preparing.
I have a mission. I am a Royal Priest. My duties are not in a castle, but in leading others to have a personal encounter with Christ through a beat that moves not only their feet, but also their hearts. I plant seeds, and I pray. I Go, and I Do, and all to His Glory.