As I think about the last nine years of prayer, worship, preaching and (lots of) work, I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:18, ‘…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ It’s been amazing to watch God build a church, a faith-filled family with thousands of wonderful people, using the raw material of our collective surrender and obedience.
It makes me think about how Jesus builds His church and hoe each of us can be a part of what He is continuing to build at Elevate. 1 Peter 2:5 tells us that every single one of us is a ‘living stone’ – a breathing brick. God takes each brick and lays it together with others to build something sacred, ‘a spiritual house.’ Bricks are strong and resilient all by themselves, forged through fire, but a brick’s real strength is never seen until it becomes connected to other ones. A single brick doesn’t do much, but together it can build anything – a wall, a tower, a home, a church.
I sense such great responsibility knowing that what we build today, through our sacrifice, will become the foundation of what our children and our children’s children will build upon in the decades to come. In light of every layer before us and behind us, let’s give ourselves to God more completely than ever, and let Him build His house through us until there is room for all to come in!
Thank you for being a part of what God has done so far at Elevate Life Church and welcome to those of you who are just now bringing your bricks and beginning to build with us. The best is yet to come!