“The seed of the future is in the womb of the present.” Quote from Dr. David Busic, Chairman of the Board of General Superintendents for the Church of the Nazarene, as stated in the report to the 2017 General Assembly for the Board of General Superintendents.
I sense that God is planting fresh seed into my heart and mind in these days. My wife Leslie and I had the extreme privilege of attending the evening worship services of the General Conventions for the Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday evening this past weekend. On Saturday evening the Revelation Song was sung in several different languages by Nazarenes from different world areas. I will never forget that moment. It was exceedingly rich and moving!! We concluded our time in Indianapolis by participating in the service on Sunday morning that opens the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene (that runs throughout this week). It was amazing to receive communion along with 10,000 plus Nazarene’s from around the globe. In case you have no idea what I am talking about General Conventions and Assembly take place every four years in the Church of the Nazarene. It is a global gathering from all nations, a family reunion of sorts, a time to attend to important decisions that further our mission to make Christ-like disciples in the nations, and a time to recalibrate and renew the mission and vision of this beautiful body of believers called Nazarenes all wrapped up into one.
My heart has been challenged by these past few days. Our local church, Fenton Church of the Nazarene, is a local expression and an integral part of all that I participated in while in Indianapolis. I was reminded by one of the messages that we cannot talk about the church in generalizations. The church is always expressed locally in a particular place. We are the church! One great reminder from Dr. David Busic’s report this morning was that we are not just a church with a mission we are a mission. Along these same lines the report challenged us to become a movement of God once again. General Superintendent J.K. Warrick challenged the church to put the “move back into movement.” But the statement that has riveted my attention more than any other is the one with which I opened this blog: The seed of the future is in the womb of the present.”
So, what kind of seed is being planted in our hearts, in our homes, and in our church in these present moments? And, what will the seed being planted in the womb of the present yield in the future? Are we allowing the seeds of our culture to be sown into the womb of the present, or are we allowing the seed of God’s living presence, hope, power, and love to be sown? Are we allowing the seeds of our own self-doing, self-assessment, self-directed hopes, self-empowerment, and selfish interests to be sown, or is it God’s doing, God’s leading, the hope of God, the power of God, and the self-giving and self-sacrificial love of God that is being planted? And most importantly, if we are not allowing God to plant seed into the womb of our present what can we do to change the kind of seed that is being planted? If you are looking for a place to start we are challenging each person in our faith community to pray 15 verses from Ephesians 1:15-23 and 3:16-21 for 15 minutes @ 12:15 each day. We believe that these two prayers are revolutionary. As we pray these 15 verses together our hope is that God will plant the seed of His abiding presence, living hope, almighty power, and amazing love in our hearts. We pray that we will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. We are praying for a move of His Spirit that will move our hearts, homes, and faith community. So, set your phone alarm for 12:14 P.M. every day (so you will be ready to pray with us by 12:15 P.M.), take your 15 for 15 @ 12:15 Bookmark to your prayer place and allow God to plant fresh seed in the womb of the present that will revolutionize your future, your family’s future, and the future of this wild and beautiful family of faith called Fenton Church of the Nazarene!
∼ Pastor Ron