Have you ever had an encounter with God that has left its mark on your life? Many people look back on these experiences wishing to go back to them because of the feeling they had in those moments. The problem this presents is that only pursuing experiences with God will ultimately leave us empty. It’s like an addict chasing his next high. The experience itself does not bring lasting fulfillment, but pursuing the relationship and closeness with God His presence brings in those times will never leave us wanting. It is an important nuance to address, especially after what God did in our services this past Sunday.
Sunday truly felt like an all day celebration. We praised God for the news of 1 salvation at Kid’s Camp and 10 salvations at the youth convention put on by our mission church, Jesus Heart. We rejoiced in the change we witnessed in our own students who were worshiping God without abandon. We prayed with and over them, committing to support them in their renewed fervor for the Lord. Sunday evening, we celebrated as we baptized 16 people, and then fellowshipped with the Jesus Heart team for dinner.
I look back on the day and am humbled at all God is doing in and through our body. But what stands out the most about that day was the sense that this was not the culmination of God’s work, but a fire He was igniting in us. I felt God speaking to my heart that if we continue to praise Him for the things He has done and passionately pursue Him like we are, then He will continue to work in and through us. Its as if He was telling me, “Buckle Up, this was only the beginning!”
I say this as an encouragement to our corporate body, but also to each of you individually. In those times when God generously displays His love and mercy to you, know that those moments are milestones in an ongoing work to bring you closer to Him. They are not just meant to be markers to look back on, rather they serve as motivation to push you forward into a deeper walk with God.

  • Philippians 1:6: Being confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  

Be encouraged that this process is one that continues until we are face to face with Christ in heaven. These encounters we have with God’s spirit were never intended to simply leave us hungry for the next experience. Rather, they were meant to leave us hungry for more of God himself. And God’s word is replete with promises of a diligent pursuit of God paying off with a closer walk with Him.

  • Jeremiah 29:12-13: Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
  • Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

James 4:8: Come near to God and He will come near to you.
These verses tell us that God honors our pursuit of Him with a deeper understanding of Him, increasing faith, and a closer walk and relationship with Him. As members of the body, we must commit to diligently pursue God with our whole hearts. As we draw nearer to Him, His Spirit and presence will be manifested in our lives individually and in our corporate body as KABC.
This Sunday we begin to shift from discussing why we must evangelize to how we accomplish this call. We are going to examine what Christ meant when He told us to let our light shine before men. It promises to be a great time together addressing some of the practical elements of evangelism. As we look forward to it, I encourage you to pursue God, chase after His presence. Like Paul in His letter to Timothy, I pray that you would “fan into flame the gift of God which is in you” as you go out to Be The King’s Avenue.
In His Service,
John McRae