As I watched the faces of those in the audience, I found myself experiencing moments of joy of what is and what is yet to come. This is what is exciting about new adventures. I am one of those that likes to be as prepared as I can going into different situations, but as usual, God reminds me to keep the faith. You see, the unknown can be scary. The unknown can be, well, unknown. And, with that, the very thought of experiencing joy with certain adventures that we are not privileged with knowing all the details, seems such a foreign thought. In many occasions, joy is the last thing we would experience. As a matter of fact, we would feel some completely different emotions. Those emotions could be fear, anxiety, an uneasiness, loss of control, etc. But, when it comes to our walk with Christ, we understand what it means to experience joy as we venture into unknown seasons of life.
You see, it was persecution that set all this into motion. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and then the 40 days that He spent with the disciples after His resurrection is what lead some ordinary followers to deliver a Spirit inspired message that could be heard and understand by everyone within earshot. It was a persecution experienced by Stephen that helped to spark a movement that began in Samaria and continued on to the ends of the earth. No matter what, where we go next (we being Central), we go with a Spirit inspired message. A message that leads to unity. A message that leads the lost and the saved to Christ. But make no mistake, it is a message that needs to be told. And, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news (Romans 10:15)!” So, are you ready to be difference makers?
Think about it. Pray about it. God bless.