Sitting at my keyboard, my heart is filled with so much, right now. It’s responding to all the change around us. From international and national issues down to the most personal; a mysterious uneasiness exists. I hear testimony after testimony describing just a weird sense of things. Taken as individual circumstances, these perceptions are normal, but taken altogether, I think most of us would agree, something feels off.
Like all of you, the ups and downs of life can disorient. The spirit of this world and all its disruptive strategies can undoubtedly bring confusion, as it’s already doing, but I have found the Lord in this time earnestly working to bring new and fresh breakthrough for all.
In the midst of it all, a fresh zeal of the Lord has filled me. Perhaps you’ve seen it on Sunday mornings or in other venues. Undoubtedly, the Lord seems to be responding to what we’re all witnessing in the world.
Even now, the Spirit of our Lord is reminding me of this scripture, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV)
We need to stop trying to capture the Lord in a move of our own vision. His current move will not come by forcing anything. God has never worked that way. Right now, understand it’s a heart move—a breaking-off of all judgments, all critical thoughts, and bringing of a new and profound love for life and others.
Listen and hear the Lord… let extravagant displays of love begin to rise in the body of Christ!
As a way of highlighting this point, this week we celebrated the marital union of two young people in our ministry, Austin and Faith, just starting out their lives as one new person! Such events often bring a huge cost, inordinate amount of planning, and perhaps quite a bit of stress upon all parties involved. So, why do we do it??? Because, extravagant love calls for extravagant celebrations. They mean something. In the midst of it all, such life-shifting moments reveal what’s truly in our hearts; they test the motives of all involved.
Consider the Gospel story. Do you remember the dinner scene where a woman comes to Jesus and breaks a vial of very expensive ointment and pours it over His head? What was the response of the crowd? Disgust and anger! They looked at her action as a huge waste of valuable resource that could have been sold and used for better endeavors. What was Jesus’ response, “Leave her alone!” Why? Because her extravagant love demanded to be poured out on the One who would give His life for the world. No display of love would be too extravagant for Jesus’ upcoming sacrifice.
I believe the Spirit of the Lord is touching our hearts, even now, to go beyond just practical living and embrace love’s call to the extravagant. While the world is embroiled in discord and in “wars and rumors of wars,” we have been called to live in extravagant displays of love.
Undoubtedly, we have pricey celebrations for birthdays, weddings, and special occasions. Don’t ever change that! But In addition to those special moments, add-in extravagant celebrations of who God is, who you are, and who others are to you. Don’t hold back! Celebrate LIFE and OTHERS every day and watch what that testimony will do to the atmosphere!