As we get ready to launch Restoration City this Sunday, I keep thinking back to a conversation I had with a friend. We were having lunch one day and he was telling me about the ministry he was helping lead. As we were talking, he asked me if I had ever seen the chewing gum commercial with a guy barefoot water skiing behind a boat.
I vaguely remembered it but he had to fill me in on the details. Basically, the commercial starts with a guy (by the way, it might have been twins…we never could agree on that!) standing on a dock in water skis. The idea was the boat would gently pull him into the water for a quiet ride around the lake. Instead, the captain hit the throttle a little hard, ripped the guy out of his skis and took him on a wild, barefoot ride around the lake.
That’s how my friend described his ministry – a wild, barefoot ride powered by the Holy Spirit.
He felt like God was dragging them on an amazing adventure, they could barely hold on but they were in love with all He was doing. I wanted that so badly in my life. I was tired of feeling like I was trying to water ski behind a rowboat that I was also responsible for rowing. I knew my friend was on to something and I wanted the same in my life.
That was one of many conversations God used to encourage me down the road of church planting. Years later, we’re standing on the dock ready to see where God is going to take us.
I don’t know what our ride will look like. But I do know our hope in planting this church isn’t in our logo, our strategy, our team, our resources, our website, our location, our merit, our talent or anything else. Our hope is in the power of God, the promises of God and the faithfulness of God.
If He doesn’t do the work, we’re in trouble. We can’t power the boat. We don’t even know which direction to steer it half the time. But we can hold on, trust Him and go where He tells us to go and do it in the power He provides.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”(Ps. 127:1)
Father, build your house. Advance the gospel. Bear fruit. Transform lives. Use us for the glory of Christ and the good of our city.