Pastor Arthur recently preached on the Gospel of John where Jesus was having a conversation with Nicodemus about being “born again.” Nicodemus, a teacher of Jewish religion, was confused by what Jesus was telling him. In response to Nicodemus’ confusion Jesus says these interesting words:
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
The Holy Spirit is like the wind. You hear the sound of it but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.
I am looking out my office window right now. I can’t see the wind but I know it’s there because the branches on that tree outside my window are moving steadily up and down and back and forth. There is wind blowing its obvious.
I saw the same sort of thing happening when I recently met with the steering committee for the “Journey with Jesus” Capital Campaign. I listened to the dozen people around the table talk about their enthusiasm for what we are doing as a church and there was a fresh and powerful energy that was flowing, an energy I have not felt here before—a new wind making things move.
Then we had this kick-off event and the Fellowship Hall was filled with more than 200 people—ON A SUNDAY NIGHT! And I saw and felt that same energy flowing and blowing through the room. There is a fresh wind blowing at TLC. God is moving here and doing some exciting things. I am thrilled to see where this wind might take us.
I had a personal visit from our campaign consultant, Andy Bygden, who told me that as the leader of the church I should be the first to make a commitment and it should be a strong one—that I shouldn’t be asking anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself. I told him I was okay with that, but then he asked if I would consider pledging $25,000.
$25,000? I wanted to say, you know I already give a tithe to my church. We currently give almost $9,000 a year to the operating and the building fund. We have a daughter in college, a son going in next year, and another one after that. I wanted to say our income has gone down since my wife entered into the ministry. I wanted to say what you are asking me is not possible.
However, I didn’t say any of that. I just said, “Okay,” and I signed my pledge.
I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but I know it will. I have peace about that. Not only do I have peace about it, I have a new enthusiasm for what I see happening at TLC and in all of you.
God is doing something here. There is a strong wind blowing. It’s obvious because I can see what’s shaking. Can you see it too?
He is Risen!