Wednesday, July 01, 2009

What's Your Fervor Quotient?

Want to use your freedom to the max? Then share Christ with others, but before you do, check your "fervor quotient." This clip from Sister Act 2 reminds me of how important it is that we pay attention to what excites us, and how we communicate with others about the wonders of knowing Christ. I like this clip on a number of levels:

1. The soloist starts out shaky (don't we all), but doesn't quit.

2. His "community" is behind him, encouraging him. Don't isolate yourself from the Body of Christ, and don't wound the wounded by being critical, gossipy, or mean-spirited. How tragic this scene would have been if the choir had started mocking his initial performance instead of singing backup!

3. The soloist and the choir took direction from the choir leader, just as we need to take our direction from the Head of the Body of Christ which is Christ. No choir could sing if everyone sang what he or she wanted. Everyone has to submit to the direction of the director if there is to be harmony. How it must pain our Father to see His children destroy fellowship within the church out of downright selfishness and pride.

4. The soloist overcame fear (with help), and moved from the stage to the audience with his message, which ultimately becomes more important than his fear.

NOW you can click on the video...

Paul reminds us in Romans 12:10-12: "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Now that sounds like a great use of freedom to me!

Pray for our World Changer mission teams who will be working in Brunswick, GA, and Charleston, SC in July, and our visiting WC teams next week (July 4th - 11th) in Barnwell and Bamberg counties. Pray that all our World Changers may have the confidence and fervor and joy in Christ to leave the stage (or the roof or the front porch of where they are working) to go into the world with the excitement of someone who is truly "happy" about knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

May we all sing for Him with the same joy and FERVOR!

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