I’m Lauren and I’ve been going to LifeChurch, and have been a Christian, for just over a year now. My first time ever going to church was January Ignite 2017. The past year has been the most life changing year of my life. I’ve become planted into the most amazing church and made so many like minded, special friends.
Ignite February was definitely one of the most epic nights yet! Firstly the worship was absolutely exceptional, and it was easy to see the lyrics spoke deeply into so many hearts. We also tried something completely new at Ignite this month; we took an offering. So many young people were willing to honor God in their finances and contribute to all the amazing things we are able to do each month. The outcome was truly humbling.
This month we had Aaron Partington talk about four things he would like to be able to tell to his 18 year old self.
Wastefulness is worship
Aaron used John 12:3 to guide his preach: “Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor”. Not that he cared for the poor - he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
What man sees as wasteful, God sees as worship. What others will tell you is a waste of time, God sees as valuable. God can use any situation to bring glory to His name. Whether its at work, school or home, work hard, and work for God.
2. The eternal always beats the temporal
Our time on Earth is limited, so its important to spend it wisely. Set your sights on the future, and with the mark of Christ on your life, He can use YOU in any situation. The power of Christ is in you.
3. Obscurity always comes before prominence
You have to work at something before you can perfect it, and this is no different when finding your path with Jesus! Before any prominence can come, you must trust in the obscurity! There is no substitute for prayer, so read the word!
4. Consistency is vital!
Showing up counts for more than you think, even when you don’t feel like it! Everyone brings something unique to the table, and the power is in turning up and taking part in as much as you can to serve God!
Ignite February was one of a kind. So many new faces to welcome and old faces to catch up with. It’s always a blast!