Do you get uncomfortable in large crowds? When someone invades your personal space does your brow break out in a cold sweat? Do you prefer the wide open spaces to confined quarters with a large group of people? If you prefer space over people God may stretch you a bit when you sign up to follow him.
Sports fans love big crowds. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the largest football stadium in the United States towers over the horizon. “The Big House” as it is affectionately called can seat over 109,000 loyal fans of the “Big Blue”—the Michigan Wolverines. For those who love the “round football” (or soccer) of the rest of the world, the largest stadium is the Rungnado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, the home of their national soccer team, this stadium can hold a whooping 150,000 rapid fans of the world’s sport.
Thinking of lots of people in confined quarters, the world record for the most people stuffed into a Volkswagon Beetle is twenty-five students from Asbury University in Lexington, a Wesleyan-Holiness school. No one can say those Methodist don’t enjoy close fellowship!
This past Wednesday, our church had the opportunity to host the FM 419 rally preparing for the Franklin Graham Festival of Hope in April. On this special evening we squeezed in over 900 students and adults into our sanctuary. It was an amazing night of worship, training, inspiration, and imagination. In one evening, God gave us a glimpse of what He has been up to in our city. He also pulled back the curtain to let us see just over the horizon at what He has in store for our future.
I fear that we too often setting for “man-size” visions when God wants to place before us a “God-sized task.”
“God-sized tasks” fall on the shoulders of those who can join God in dreaming big dreams and have the faith to trust in Him to make up the difference between what we can do, and what needs to be done.
In the early days of Jesus’ ministry in Capernaum, Jesus began to preach of the Kingdom of God being at hand and He also made this vision tangible by touching and healing the people of this fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Mark tells the story of one night at Simon Peter’s home when he noted:
“The whole city was gathered together at the door” (Mark 1:33 NIV)
Can you close your eyes and see the people surrounding this little house in a tiny village? Why the commotion? What drew them to this door? Of course you know the answer—JESUS WAS IN THE HOUSE.
When Jesus resides in the house don’t be surprised if the doorway cannot hold the throng that appears. Wednesday night as the teenagers and adults pushed through the doors and filled the house it reminded me that “Jesus was in the house.”
Next Sunday you may have to give up a little bit of your personal space to make room for those who enter the sanctuary seeking a fresh touch from Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I am willing to move over to make room for someone seeking Jesus. It feels good to have Jesus in the house doesn’t it?
P.S. Speak thanks to Dan, Jordan, Juan and our great team of volunteers for doing such a great job.