14 Jan Stay on the Wall
I really cannot believe that it has been a year since we started meeting as a church.
Upward Call unofficially started in the living room of my house in Colorado. There were 6 of us, 5 were me and my family. What God can do with a willing heart is amazing.
Twelve months later and here we are with a meeting place, worship team, children’s ministry and so on. In no way has it been easy but by the grace and mercy of God we are here.
I have a good friend and someone I have relied on from the idea of the church plant until now. He has been consistent in telling me one thing over this time: Stay on the wall!
I think the sentiment and parallel of building the wall like Nehemiah and the launch of a church are extremely similar: 1. God breaks your heart for the place he calls you to. 2. You hear His voice and obey (best you know how). 3. Inspect the region. 4. Begin to build. 5. Get ridiculed for doing the work by people who don’t believe in you, think they can do it better or just have it in their nature to be negative. 6. Combat the enemy. 7. Do what God has called you to do, no matter what comes your way, what people do or what they say!
To be honest, that is the recipe for living a life that is called of God. When Jesus Called the disciples they walked those same steps. When Moses came back to Egypt to deliver the children of Israel out, it was the similar path. Paul, in his many apostolic trips, made the familiar journey in planting churches.
Even in our everyday lives it is God giving us a revelation of what He sees and desires, then us doing all we can to prepare ourselves and ultimately carrying out the mission He puts us on.
Granted, each of those keys has a cost to them.
When there is something at stake, the cost/pain will equal the reward. Obtaining the prize will never be worth it if the price paid really doesn’t cost us.
The “reward/success” means different things to different people. We have to settle in our own hearts what success is. The world has standards and that is okay but what has God said to you?
Thomas Edison said, “I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
To me the reward is in the doing of God’s will. At times we need to stop and enjoy what He is doing. There has to be pleasure in living this life. That is part of the success.
Owning the call of God on our lives, participating in the process and making every effort to be what and who God has called us to is the ultimate prize.
That’s what Nehemiah knew and that’s what the disciples were convinced of. That is what Moses and Paul saw in the presence of God, the upward call!
Since we launched this church we have seen God do some amazing things: Salvations, reconciliations (both with God and within families), financial breakthroughs, healing, and prophetic words fulfilled.
We have sent people out on mission over seas and we have hosted people on mission. We have struck up partnerships with other local and regional churches while keeping the focus on being a part of what God is building here in Chino, California.
This is just the beginning and the best is yet to come.
We will stay on the wall, despite of opposition, real and imagined.