I LOVE MY CHURCH
Every week, and sometimes multiple times a week, I find myself saying, “I love my church!” I love that. Here are some reasons why:
1. What you see is what you get. The people are real, honest, and want to live life with you.
2. My church is passionate about non-believers AND believers knowing Jesus and understanding the gospel.
3. My church loves my city.
4. The mission and vision aren’t just sayings on a website, it’s the fuel that drives the members.
5. The leaders are visionaries. They inspire me to dream big dreams and pray big prayers.
My heart is prone to return to its stony, selfish, original state. It quickly turns inward and focuses on me, my life, and what I want. Before I know it, this inward self-focus causes a rapid downhill decay of my once alive, flourishing and joyful heart. I think this “hardening” must be what the writer of Hebrews warns about in Hebrews 3:13: “Exhort one another… so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
It’s by coming to church and hearing the gospel that once again my stony heart is broken, and my rebellious heart rejoices in God. My layers of self-absorption are peeled off one by one and I start thinking about others. Names of co-workers, unbelieving family members, hurting people come flooding into my mind. I begin to beg God to make my heart break for them. I ask him to give me a heart that wants others to experience the power of the gospel that changed me.
Being a part of Garden City is teaching me how to live on mission and placing in me a greater passion for God’s glory than I have ever had. And strangely enough, this frees me from my self. My heart that was wrapped up in its own kingdom is freed to partake in a more magnificent and infinitely more glorious Kingdom. God is using Garden City Church to help me be a person who, “no longer lives for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor 5:15). I consider it my privilege to co-labor and partner with Garden City Church for the gospel. I love my church.