When the Apostle Paul attempts to describe how the Church operates, he says this in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth: “There’s a lot of different activities – but it is the same God who activates all in all” (1 Cor. 12:6).
Do you notice how the words I put in bold look very similar? That’s because they are! Paul uses the noun form (activities) for humans and the verb form (activates) for God. But it’s the same word. Human beings and God are engaged in the same task on the same team. We provide God our stuff. But God provides His power.
I’m so excited when I think about this verse as I complete my second month at Covenant. I have already worked with so many amazing teams here: Special Ops, Finance Team, Adult Discipleship, Session, Deacons, Trustees, Youth and Family … and the list goes on! There’s a lot of wonderful activity at Covenant!
But as I pray for our congregation, I have been feeling something even deeper than activity. I feel Jesus ACTIVATING this congregation through the Holy Spirit! Jesus is preparing to release the Spirit’s energy in our midst in fresh and new ways. Jesus is our coach – but we’re on His team! I feel like I have a front row seat at the most exciting bowl game of the season.
And what’s our team’s goal? Paul tells us in the next verse: to bless the world! Come Holy Spirit Come! Empower us to bless our neighbors in Jesus’ name!