The Miracle of New Life and a Surrendered Life
Israel is perpetually very much in the news. At the beginning, in a striking synthesis, the nation of Israel started out with Sarah [Abraham], Rebecca [Isaac], and Rachel [Jacob] each barren. In the formative years of God’s love affair with His people, the Lord had to intervene with a miracle. It is as if God was preparing us for the miracle of the virgin birth.
In much the same way, spiritual life is a miracle of God birthing new life in those that receive Him. It may not be too much of a stretch for us to see the miracle of our awareness that we are not our own, but His, and that fullness of life comes from the Lord. For it is He that works in us and through us for His good pleasure. There is the miracle of a surrendered life that brings abundance and great joy, which is why people who have made the transition to mission service often say, “I’m having the time of my life!”
When completing a profile to find a compelling niche of service, we simply ask for honesty and transparency. There are no wrong answers. A question on the profile is posed regarding your faith journey with the following choices:
- Ready to observe Jesus and the nature of His mission using me
- Ready to interact with Jesus and serve Him and others
- Ready to stretch my experience of Jesus working through me
- Take full responsibility for assignments the Lord sets before me
As we journey, we find ourselves stepping through each phase of life and sometimes moving up and down the scale. Moving to Step 1 or from Step 3 to Step 4 seem to have the same dynamic. In each case it is a miracle—a work of the Lord in our life, moving us from barrenness to fruitfulness. Moving to Step 3 brings great joy – until we realize there is even more! At each stage our assignment is to spend time with the Lord making eye contact with Him, trusting Him with more and more of our time, talent, training and treasure.
Where are you on this journey from desert to bloom? Here is a place to start.
Founder; Chief Innovation Officer
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.