On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
In Philippians 2:13, Paul writes to the church at Philippi and tells them:
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
He’s encouraging them to put significant effort into – to work hard at – showing the results of their salvation. (A gospel of Grace is surely not a gospel of laziness!)
And the reason we are to work hard at showing the fruits of our salvation is because God Himself is working us – giving us both the desire and the power to do those things that please Him.
It’s a very comforting thought that even the work we do isn’t to be in our own strength. It’s a very comforting thought that God is at work in us.
But sometimes, the work God does in us uses tools that we don’t like.
Sometimes, God works tenacity and toughness in us using difficult situations that make us want to give up. Sometimes, God works empathy into our lives using the adversity and trials we try to avoid. Sometimes, God works patience and compassion into our lives using the very things that frustrate us.
Thomas Edison, famous for his invention of the light bulb, once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Let me encourage you to look at some of those overall-covered opportunities and see them for what they are – tools that God uses to work His completeness in you.
God may not have brought those things along, but thankfully He’ll never let them go to waste. He’ll always use them for your blessing and the advancement of His Kingdom.
I hope you’re having a great week.
See you on Sunday.
Alex & Sarah