by Pastor Mark Jordan
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19a, NIV)
I love today’s verse! It is a verse I have turned to frequently in my ministry as I embark upon a new journey. It is also one that has helped frame me spiritually as Church at The Well and Trinity begin working together to seek and save the lost to transform the world, beginning right here in our own backyard.
The idea of perception is important, and was the basis of my message this past Sunday. I was reminded about the oft-used cliché after worship about how perception is reality. Well, it isn’t, but it sure seems as so, doesn’t it? True reality is that things are happening apart from our awareness of them, and it requires us to tune in to what God is doing, because He is always at work!
When we think about the things that shape our perceptions, however, they are often defensive in nature. Psychologists indicate that there are five basic tools we use subconsciously to develop our perceptions: our (1) flaws, (2) fears, (3) different beliefs, (4) unique identity, and (5) individual thoughts. The individual forming of our perceptions — when woven together with others by the connective tissue of the Holy Spirit — enables and empowers us to use our unique experiences of God in expressions of faith, hope, and love.
We all have flaws, fears, different beliefs, unique identities, and individual thoughts. Since we are all made to be one-of-a-kind, does this mean our perceptions should keep us apart from community? Absolutely not! For as we give our lives over to what God is doing with His Holy Spirit in each and every one of us for the sake of engaging the world, then you can realize that you might just be the one missing component of someone else’s perception that God is real, God loves them, and has a plan and a purpose for their life.
God is up to something brand new and exciting. Don’t let past experiences keep you from being open to new possibilities. See where God is at work, and join Him…you’ll be glad you did!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know you are up to something brand new. Help me work though my past experiences and use them as opportunities to show and share your love. I ask this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.