The following is a blog from Katie Costello.
On Tuesday night I saw God and I heard His voice.
I saw His face in the faces of the people gathered in my home. I heard His voice as I listened to these friends share their stories and themselves. Who they are, what they love, their longings, the gifts they bring to our community that they cannot wait to share. I fell in love with God all over again in each of them. I was delighted by the discovery of parts of Him that were wholly new to me. Those parts were illuminated as individuals brought forth ideas that were revelations to me and passions that I had never previously felt but understood at once and celebrated.
A small group gathered in my very small home and God did something big.
We came together with a specific aim — to collaborate to care for our community. We put our heads, hearts and hands together and by the end of the evening we were united in something bigger than ourselves. This is the power of the gospel. Christ said He came that each of us may have life and that life more abundantly. It starts with each of us being made alive in Him. Every person made in God’s image has been fashioned together with singular magnificence. Each has gifts, passions and stories that are unique in all of creation to only them. His Spirit waking up in each of us arouses our passions and calls our true selves to the surface.
We have life!
But that is only the beginning of the great work of the gospel. When we gather in community with others who, like us, have been awakened, we find more — so much more. We discover camaraderie with those whose stories are like ours and we marvel with gratitude at those who are wholly distinct from ourselves, revealing more of the Maker’s artistry. We are empowered through concerted effort to accomplish so much more than we could have on our own. Through collaboration we have life more abundantly!
Jesus is the Way. And even He was (and is) a part of something greater than Himself:
“Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.”
Jesus invites us to follow His lead.
He is the Way, we follow Him and we find life. He leads us to give that life away for one another and then we find life even more abundantly as others give their lives away for us. We are all a part of the mystery and miracle of the gospel: God with us, us with one another. He has done a great work in each of us so that we might each be a part of something greater than ourselves.
So who are you, what do you love? Come. Be you. Do that. With us.