Heart and Soul!
I have been pondering 1 Samuel 14:7 for almost two weeks now! Remember the setting? Jonathan, the son of Saul who was King of Israel at the time, decides that he and his armor bearer should go up to a Philistine outpost and attack at least 20 men! When Jonathan lays out his plan to attack them his armor bearer (who would have been literally his “righthand man” and would “have his back”) responds, “Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
It’s interesting, and no coincidence, that it wasn’t until his armor bearer responded in this way that Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us.” There are some lessons we can and need to learn from this account in scripture:
- Greater confidence comes when we know others are with us! When we know there are others on our side fighting with us we gain greater confidence to move forward!
- We aren’t meant to fight this battle alone! God never intended for us to do life alone and He certainly hasn’t called us to be “Lone Rangers” trying to advance the Kingdom on our own! Our call is to fight this battle together! To have each other’s back and to encourage each other that the war is already won for us! That’s right! We, as the children of God, have already won! We don’t fight for victory we fight from victory! (I actually ripped that last part off a pastor named Steven Furtick! You knew that was too good to have come from me didn’t you!! )
- There is GREAT power in unity! This power is exponential! In other words, 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 2 in this case! With Jonathan and his armor bearer 1 + 1 equaled at least 20! When we are united around the purpose of God to advance His Kingdom and bring Him glory we are truly an unstoppable force in the world! (Matthew 16:18!!)
I finished the message with these scriptures a couple of weeks ago because I believe this is where we have to be as a church…with each other “HEART AND SOUL!” Connection Church I want you to know that I AM WITH YOU HEART AND SOUL! There is no other place I’d rather be than with the amazing people at Connection and in the middle of a great move of God!
To those who are “Heart and Soul” with us I want you to hear me say it again…YOU ARE MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD! EVERY SALVATION, BAPTISM, CONNECT GROUP MEMBER, AND CONNECTOR IS TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF GOD USING YOU! We were blessed to see two more salvations this Sunday and we had another baptism after church (By the way, It was in an outdoor pool! Both FREEZING and AWESOME! That’s 30 baptisms in a week! God is amazing! Jesus still changes lives!!)
Keep Investing…Keep Inviting…Keep Serving…Keep Encouraging! And GATA!! (Get after them aggressively for those who started coming after October! )