Making All Things New


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Ray Harms-Wiebe

March 6

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I hope you are enjoying the sunshine this winter season!

A few weeks ago, in God’s sovereign plan, a snowstorm closed the church for a day.  I spent that morning in Romans 11-16.  A number of verses captured my attention and I believe they also highlight some things for Willingdon.

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).  The context of this verse is God’s calling on the people of Israel, but I do believe the verse communicates a kingdom principle to be applied beyond Israel’s unique calling.  What is God’s calling on Willingdon?  

Good foundations were laid at Willingdon in the areas of leadership, prayer, worship, evangelism, biblical teaching, community life and generosity.  God has formed us into a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual family in a strategic location.  At the February worship and prayer service Jordan reminded us that in the Old Testament God often reminded the people of Israel of their foundations and then called them to enter a new season, a season marked by God “doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:18-19).  The new thing is most often a renewal of what has already been received.  What is God renewing at Willingdon?

As we journey through the “Church on Fire” series, based on Revelation 1-3, I hear the Lord saying it is for our consecration.  The Father desires that we enter into the grace of repentance, be renewed in our love for Jesus, receive his heart for the church, and burn with renewed passion for those who do not yet know him.  

We are called to proclaim the gospel in word and deed with power.  May we walk into this calling with the faith of Abraham, who grew stronger and stronger in his faith as he gave glory to God (Romans 4:17-21).  According to our recent church survey, God worked through our church family to lead at least 730 people to first time commitments to Jesus in 2018.  What would the Lord want to do in and through us in 2019?  

A few days ago, while out shopping, I tried a new cologne and was reminded of the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16: But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.  

May we be God’s sweet aroma of life!