Whenever you see famous athletes accomplish something great such as breaking a longstanding record, you will usually hear a similar answer in the postgame press conference.
They will say something like; “It’s a great accomplishment, but I don’t’ think I’ll be able to enjoy it until I’m retired and can look back and reflect. For right now I’ve got more left to do.”
Now, on the other side of the TV camera are you and I.
If you’re a sports fan like me, you love following historic events. On September 8, 1998, I remember being in my dorm room, on the phone with my best friend Robb, watching on a 13” TV/VCR screen as Mark McGuire broke Lou Gehrig’s homerun record. I wasn’t a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals or small TV’s but I remember wanting to see history be made. I freaked out, yelled in the phone, and watched replays of it until 1 AM.
That’s what fans get to do when big things happen. We get to freak out and celebrate, but the athletes need to keep these moments in perspective.
Lately, I’ve found myself having to do that too.
Fast forward almost 10 years exactly from Mark McGuire’s historic homer to Sunday September 21, 2008. On this day history was made too, but this time it was at Parkview Christian Church. This was the day the Lockport Campus was born. It was the first multisite campus of the Parkview family and it radically changed how we would do “church” forever. I was honored when asked to Pastor this church and, as a first-born myself; I didn’t mind the challenge of being a trailblazer for Christ.
Since day #1 God has done amazing things in the lives of the people that have come to the Lockport Campus. We’ve seen baptisms, baby dedications, funerals, weddings, memorials, VBS programs, concerts, prayer vigils, school service projects, food pantry donations, single parents support groups, divorce recovery classes, financial recovery classes, and even CPR on people in the back of the worship center (not even joking ).
Over 500 people each Sunday stream through the doors of Lockport and new faces show up each weekend. My staff and I still stand in awe at what God continues to do in the lives of the great people of Lockport.
However, if you were to put a microphone in my face and ask me how I feel about defying all the odds of church planting I’d have to say “It’s a great accomplishment, but I don’t think I’ll be able to appreciate it until I’m in heaven. There is more work that needs to be done.”
I’ve needed to keep things in Kingdom perspective. I like what Paul says in 1 Corinthians.
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.” – 1 Corinthians 4:5a
God has been yelling something to my spirit for a long time now.
Become uncomfortable being comfortable for Me.
So I listened and obeyed.
Instead of continuing to do what we do at Lockport how we’ve been doing it, we’ve decided to become uncomfortable with being comfortable.
On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm we will be adding a Saturday worship service to our Campus. We do this not for the glory of Parkview Christian Church, but for the Glory of God. We do this so that more people can hear about the love of Christ. We so this so that we stay uncomfortable in our comfort of seeking lost people.
I’d ask that you join me in praying for this great step of faith in our Campus’ history, but more importantly pray for the lost people that need to come and hear about Christ. So much effort by staff and volunteers has gone into making this service happen, but all of them will agree that the time for celebrating needs to wait until our heavenly press conference with Jesus.
Until then it’s time to get uncomfortable…again.