Sometimes in our lives we brush up against what God is doing in the world and God invites to be a part of it. And in that moment we are often given a choice. Do we want to be a part of what God is doing, or do we want to continue to go about our lives as we had before? The way we phrase it at the Avenue is, “Don’t trade the amazing for the immediate.” Do we want to simply hold on to what we have, or do we want to give what we have and see God do some amazing things with it?
What we see in scripture is that the people who gave up what they had for the sake of what God was doing in the world got back far more than they gave up. A boy gives up his lunch and Jesus feeds 5000. A woman gives up an expensive bottle of perfume, her life is changed, and her story is told in all four gospels. Jesus gives up his life and the world has never been the same. They gave what they had and got to be part of the amazing.
That is why at the Avenue we are so eager and excited to partner with Eyes That See. We really believe God is doing some amazing things in the lives of people in Ethiopia. When we see the stories of life change through the Keziah House, we know that God is moving. When we hear the stories of women who have found new life in Christ and are now being made whole in him, we know God is inviting us into that story. So on December 1st, we are partnering with Eyes that See to give away our entire weekend offering. We hope to pay for five more girls to be able to make it into the Keziah House and find new life in Him. We want to be part of the amazing. Giving a weekend’s offering is a way for us as a church to let go of the immediate and be part of the amazing. We know God will do infinitely more than we could hope or imagine with it.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.