My carnal nature wants to stay inside my house tonight, turn the lights out and forget about
“All Hallows Eve.”
There were a number of years I decided not to be home to pass out candy.
Instead I went out to dinner.
There were also many years that I did the reverse.
I’ve had to do a lot of soul searching the last few weeks about tonight.
But it was while at Church last Sunday that the decision was effectively made.
God and His Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, mind and soul.
And this is WHY:
The Code: What Matters Most
The Code is the set of values held by LifeChurch.tv.
The Code is different than the Church’s statement of faith—which has more to do with focus and perspective.
As the church has grown and changed over the years, we realized that God had given us certain strengths and governing principles that we really felt passionate about. So, we set out to put words to those passions and complied our list of core values. It was prayerfully created, intensely weighed, checked, and double checked before it became just the right set of guiding principles for our ministry.
Now, it helps shape almost everything we do. The Code gives leadership something to look toward, employees something to model, and attendees something to be encouraged by.
(Please notice the values I have highlighted in BLUE)
1. We are faith-filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm risk takers.
We’ll never insult God with small thinking and safe living.
2. We are all about the “capital C” Church!
The local church is the hope of the world and we know we can accomplish inﬁnitely more together than apart.
3. We give up things we love for things we love even more.
It’s an honor to Sacriﬁce for Christ and His church.
4. We wholeheartedly reject the label mega-church.
We are a micro-church with a mega-vision.
5. We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ.
To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing.
6. We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
7. We will laugh hard, loud, and often.
Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you love!
8. We always bring our best.
Excellence honors God and inspires people.
9. We are spiritual contributors not spiritual consumers.
The church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world.
10. We will honor Christ and His church with integrity.
If we live with integrity, nothing else matters. If we don’t live with integrity, nothing else matters.
If I don’t live with Integrity – Nothing ELSE Matters?!
Yes, I could huddle inside my home and just watch TV.
But I write a blog about “Shining A Light in the Darkness.”
How am I living with Integrity (#10) if I ONLY Shine my Light on this blog?
Yes, I hope I’m making a contribution to God’s Kingdom when I write…but I’m supposed to be the hands and feet of Christ….
There is no other night of the year when I have the chance to REACH OUT without having to go LOOKING for it!
Everyone is handing out Candy. I need to be doing what everyone else is not.
I need to hand out CANDY and INVITE cards (1 Corinthians 12) –
All it takes is
one encounter with Christ,
to change someone’s life and destiny #4-EVER!
I need to surrender my uneasiness associated with this evening of Spiritual Darkness…
I need to allow God to MAKE this night into something: BIGGER & BETTER than I can SEE.
I need to TRUST. I’ll find out later what kind of footprints I leave behind.
More than anything, I want to know that I did what was pleasing to God.
Because I’ve learned that running doesn’t please Him.
So, yes. Today I Shine my Light in words.
Tonight, I will Shine my Light in the Darkness…because Light always wins!