Calvary Chapel Dickinson

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You know how sometimes when you read a section of scripture you are spiritually struck by something and wonder, “hmmm how come I never saw that before?” Well that’s what happened during worship practice when we were doing our devotions in Romans 1. Starting in verse 8 I noticed the way Paul encouraged his fellow believers; “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world”. Three things immediately came to mind:

“Wow, God, can this be said of the believers here in Dickinson? Why not? What is my part in this?”

Well to figure this out, I needed to go back to scripture and see what the Holy Spirit gives us in the example of Paul who, by the way, followed the example of Christ (1 Cor 11:1, John 17). Verse 9 says, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers”. Now this doesn’t mean that Paul had a formulated prayer that he repeated throughout the day for the people of Rome. It doesn’t mean that he walked around with a prayer check list and once he finished it he was good to go for the rest of the day. In other words, it wasn’t a duty, it wasn’t a chore. Look at the verse, look at Paul’s heart. “God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son”, Paul was passionate about the Lord! He was passionate about serving Him with all of his heart. He was passionate about the gospel of Jesus Christ for which he knew he was set apart for (v1) and called to share with everyone God put in his path (v14). And because of this, God had given him a passion for His people. Praying for the people of Rome was an outpouring, an overflowing, of Paul’s love for Jesus Christ. So when they came to mind, which no doubt was often, he was faithful to lift them up before the Lord.

So in going back to my original question, “God, can this same thing be said of the believers in Dickinson? Are they known for their faith? What is my part in this?”, I need to examine my own relationship with Jesus Christ. This then shifts the question to, “Am I passionately in love with You, God?” If I am, that passion will pour out, spill over into my community. It will affect the way I serve, the way I fellowship, the way I teach, the way I pray – not just the ladies of Calvary Chapel Dickinson, but the women in Dickinson and the surrounding areas.

God, grow my love for you, so that there is more of You and less of me being poured out in my home, in my church, in my community, that their faith in You would grow and that You would be glorified.