11 Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. 2 The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. 3 By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.
[mentions of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab]
32 What more can I say? I would run out of time if I told you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. 33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, brought about justice, realized promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 put out raging fires, escaped from the edge of the sword, found strength in weakness, were mighty in war, and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured and refused to be released so they could gain a better resurrection.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 32-35
I admit that have a tendency to fill available time. The “break” this summer ended up being filled with all kinds of dreaming, research, and planning. The end result of all of that is that we now have so much to do, enough that we need everyone’s help. I have rediscovered that I am incredibly excited about the changes going on at South Hill United Methodist Church, spiritually, programmatically, and physically. We have so much to offer our community, and could do even more if each one of us uses our talents, skills, and passions in ministry to those around us.
I am reminded that throughout the Holy Scriptures, we find account after account of people who acted, using their skills for God’s purpose. In almost every account, great things happened when ordinary, and even unexpected, people stepped up. It is each of our turns.
This all means that we need you. We need your passion. We need your skills. We need your time. We need your dreams. We need your resources. But most of all, we need your excitement! If you are excited about all we are doing, then those around you will be. Excitement breeds excitement. And excited people bring people with them.
We have the location. We have the potential. We have you. There is work to do as we “make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Let’s put all of this together and bring others with us as we do that work. There is no better work on the planet. And I’m excited, even if a bit tired, about all of it. Let us all be busy working God’s mission in the community around us.
Yours in Christ,