The party is over. The Rio Olympics have concluded. Before the games, there were many concerns; the economic downturn, political scandal, gun violence, environmental concerns, even the Zika virus. Fortunately it ended up being a successful event. It demonstrated that Rio de Janeiro knows how to organize and promote such a big global event.
With the games over, Brazilians are asking “what now?” They wonder whether the event will bring a great momentum or just exacerbate the country’s many problems. It seems that the game is not over yet.
We, the Church of the Incarnation, are also going to have a big party. The 50th Anniversary is coming in October, only six weeks from now! We have been talking about Jubilee since last year. The Jubilee committee has been working hard to make it a memorable event. I am sure it will be a great time.
But we could have the same question after the party that Brazilians have now after the Olympic games. What then? What will Jubilee bring to us? Come, enjoy the party, have fun and go home. Go back to reality. That’s not what we want.
Jubilee is not just a party. It is a time to reflect on the previous 50 years and prepare for the next 50 years. It is a challenge and an opportunity. God has blessed us for the last 50 years. And He is asking a serious question “Are we are ready for the next chapter in our ministry?”
How can we be ready?
We may think of creating a new vision & mission statement, getting some stuff, developing a new ministry plan and strategies, remodeling our worship environment. They will help us. But none of them secure a bright future.
How can we be ready? It starts from the inside. A change happens when we change our hearts and minds. That’s what the Bible teaches us.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Are you ready? Are we ready to put off our old self and put on the new self?
Rev. Eunbae Doh