If you love your church, raise your hand, stomp your feet, jump up and down or simply say Yaaaaas, girl!
We know how to rep our favorite sport’s teams, so don’t you think it’s about time we started reppin God’s team?!?! Contrary to popular belief, the church is still relevant. My previous Pastor use to say, if your church ceased to exist, would your community miss you?
As Christians, we often remain within the four walls of the church fellowshipping with other “believers” when we need to be effecting change in other people and in our community. We should be hitting the streets telling everyone we know that God is not dead, he’s still alive and he lives in me!
The church should be raising up and developing bold and fearless leaders. The church should challenge you to change.
My church has challenged me from day one and continues to challenge me week after week. I’ve been in church all my life so I knew “church” and have experienced “church”. It became routine and something I was supposed to do. Very little change was taking place in my life…I was constantly being defeated in different areas. Then along came Elevation (big shout out to my fellow Elevators). I loved the atmosphere. It was the first time in a long time…maybe even the first time ever that I felt so free in worship. I felt like I could be myself, unashamed….unjudged and I sensed that with all the uplifted hands, others felt the same way. We shared in this liberating experience.
Well…Elevation was based in Charlotte, NC and I was 1.5 hours away. So I had two options, commute on Sundays or sell my house and move. Since none of these were really viable options at the time, I did the next best thing…I started listening to podcasts throughout the week…thank God for technology! Eventually I did move, not to Charlotte, but the city I moved to happen to have an Elevation location. I began attending but didn’t get the same feeling I felt before. I continued to go back because the Word was still there but for some reason I still didn’t feel connected. I could have easily followed this feeling but instead I signed up to participate in an outreach event, eventually began serving and also joined a small group. My life has not been the same since. I thought I had moved from religion to relationship earlier in life but the relationship that Elevation pushes for is on another level. Their sole purpose for existing is “to see people far from God be raised to life in Christ” and they are fully committed to this purpose. Even though I knew God for quite some time – I can actually say, I have been raised to life in Christ since attending Elevation. I had a new perspective of who He was in me. I became excited about church, excited about people coming to Christ and excited about serving. When the weekend rolled around I was looking forward to Sundays. It was no longer a chore, something I was supposed to do. But it was now, I get to do this. The 7am set-ups weren’t so bad because I was surrounded by other volunteers with the same excitement and passion for God. We were a part of setting the atmosphere for the people who would later come through those doors and experience God for the first time or come to know Him again.
So why do I rep my church? That is why I rep my church!
What about you?
Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!
“…and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18 NIV