The Whirlpool

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12

INSIGHT

My house had the only pool in our neighborhood, which meant during those hot summer months it was the place to be. From sunrise to sundown, we'd be swimming and playing games, only taking a break for the Capri-Suns and chips my mom brought out. I have many fond memories of those days, but nothing compares to "The Whirlpool." This is what happens when the once peaceful 4-½ foot deep circular pool gets sent into chaos. It began with a bet. A girl doubted my friend and I could create enough wake in the pool to have everyone else grabbing on to anything for dear life. We gladly accepted the bet, went towards the edge of the pool and proceed to swim, walk or jog around in a clockwise motion. At first, people ignored us.

It was not until someone felt the first ripple that people started to take notice. Seeing the thrill on our faces chugging along the side, a few others headed to the edge and joined in on the fun. The waves began to get choppier and people began to lose their balance. No matter where one was in the pool they could feel the impact of the waves. The power of the whirlpool picked up even more as the crowd in the middle lessened while the group of people going clockwise around the edge continued to grow. People began to grab the arms of friends who had spent their time watching in the middle so they can experience the movement first hand. Eventually, everyone got swept away in fun.

Being part of Port City Community Church, you have become swept up in a movement. It began when a few people dared to “head to the edge” and see what would happen if a church body lived out a mission of reaching people and helping them walk with God. As they began to walk with God by finding their next step, the momentum began to pick up. Little ripples were felt across this city of Wilmington, surrounding areas and far parts of the world. 

It caused others in the middle to take notice of the lives being transformed by God’s love. They decided to experience firsthand what others were embracing in their walks with God by moving to the edge and becoming active in service and leveraging their lives for impact. The mission is no longer just the church’s or their friends and family who invited them in the first place, but something they now own. By heading to the edge you make the mission personal. 

The great news is that no one is depending on you to fulfill the mission of Port City Community Church all by yourself. This does not relieve you of your duties of helping people, but rather raises the level of responsibility. We are building an “I Can’t – But We Can!” culture at PC3. It is impossible for one person to help everyone walk with God. But, as a church filled with people bought into the mission – WE CAN! God has given us everything we need in order to do everything He wants. 

Can you help everybody you know and solve every problem? Of course not, but you can do something. You can start somewhere. By becoming a part of the “we” through serving, loving others and stewarding your influence, you help increase the church's capacity to help people walk with God and join with us in saying “I CAN’T – BUT WE CAN!”

REFLECTION

  • What does it look like to own the mission of reaching people and helping them walk with God?
  • How has accepting God’s invitation to serve and love others brought you closer in your relationship with God?

PRAYER

God, may I be reminded that You've given me a purpose for my days: to love others and point them towards You. Allow me to own my part in the story You are telling the world through the body of Christ. Open my eyes to places where I can serve others and display humility. Sweep me away in Your love. Amen.

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