Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I am different. So is every single one of us reading this article. There are a lot of situations where we are expected to act a certain way, accept certain things, and conform to a predetermined equation of how the “status quo” formulates our success as an individual and as a member of modern society.
Worship also is different. In my opinion anything that brings someone closer to a personal, more intimate relationship with Christ is fair game. For some, this means traditional hymns in a quiet reflective setting. For others, this means reading their Bible with earphones on, listening to loud Christian rock music.
We are created in God’s image. He is the Alpha and Omega; He is all things. Thus each one of us will have portions of God’s creation that we gravitate towards. Some of us love the outdoors and enjoy being in the piece and quiet of God’s creation on a cold winter morning in a tree stand. Some of us love gardening and watching the miracle of growth and the beauty that He created all around us. There is no greater thing that whatever it is that brings you more into His presence.
As it says in Job 12:7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” All His creation proclaims His Holiness and Righteousness. That is exactly what we are called to do.
We are to love, be kind, be gentle, be giving, be whatever we need to be to impact the world around us in HIS name. We are also called to be here for each other. To be a fellowship of believers supporting and caring for one another.
There have been many instances where during this campaign/building design process where things have been frustrating, where something didn’t go to plan, where small things were almost overlooked. We are human, and although we were created in HIS image, we are far from HIS perfection.
Pastor Steve gave a great quote one day after a frustrating situation arouse with the project, he said, “I’m going into my office and look in the Bible for where it says God’s work will always be easy.” This was a hilarious comment, and truer words have never been spoken. Is it hard? Yes! Is it worth it? YES!!!
There are so many different ways this project will positively impact our family of believers here at SHLC. I could go on for hours and write pages and pages about the positives. I will however concentrate on a very simple statement: ONE CHURCH.
I love our family. I am looking forward to the day when our new Worship Center is completed, and we can all worship in the same space, regardless of our tastes in style of worship. We will all have the space to fellowship together. Even if this is a quick handshake in passing, we will be together as one body should be.
We don’t have to love the same music, the same decorations, the same style of teaching, the same sports teams, or the same ways to enjoy His creation. We just have to love the same JESUS.