In addition to updates regarding the progress of the campaign and our staff’s own comments on the vision behind “Our Turn,” we will also post reflections from various people in our congregation. Today, Brooklynn Wynveen responds to the public announcement about the campaign after having some time to think about the spiritual opportunity ahead of us all.
WHAT WAS YOUR GUT REACTION TO THE CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT and HOW IS GOD DEVELOPING YOU IN THESE FIRST WEEKS?
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Our church leadership recently unveiled a plan for expansion, or perhaps more accurately, a comprehensive campaign for a 2-year vision. As part of the vision, there are intentions to improve facilities at our Sunwest Campus. Is the 2.9 million dollar initial outlay daunting? Of course. Can it be done? The statistics suggest that it can. But my admittedly flawed human nature, quite frankly, has doubts. You see, when I look at our own family finances, I simply don’t see a lot of wiggle room to commit above and beyond our regular giving. So when we were asked to pray about what God would have us give to this endeavor, a dollar amount was somewhat elusive, but most certainly ‘small.’
So how can it be done? Well, it can be done if everyone commits to give. It can be done if everyone is willing to make personal sacrifices. My immediate response? Yeah right! After all, those are some pretty big ifs. But the Holy Spirit quickly brought to mind another big if. This one can be found in Mark 9:16-26. The short recap is that a father brings his demon-possessed son before Jesus, in search of healing and deliverance. “If you can do anything,” he pleads, “take pity on us and help us.” Jesus zeroes in on this ‘if’ statement, telling the man that everything is possible—IF you believe. And I love the honesty that comes next, as the father confesses, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
And if I’m being honest, I have to make that same confession. Of course I know that ALL things are possible for those who believe. But there is definitely some unbelief as well. Do you know what I like best about this story? Even though this father’s unbelief was likely not eradicated in that very moment, Jesus DID heal his son. The little bit of belief that the man had was enough. After all, didn’t Jesus say in Matthew 17:20 that “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”? Do you know why Jesus chose a mustard seed for this example? I doubt if it’s the smallest seed out there, but it IS invasive. Mustard is a weed, and we all know that once weeds take root, they are very difficult to stomp out. They choke out everything in their path. I absolutely love the image of this tiny mustard seed of faith permeating and overpowering our unbelief.
Invasive faith. That’s my prayer for myself and for our church body during this season. May we pray boldly, believing that God will do something HUGE in our midst.