Posted: June 5, 2018 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
One of my most trusted mentors and friends in life has said to me thousands of times…
“People are Brilliant.”
His point is that God made each person, He made you, with a specific talent that is brilliant. I’m lucky enough to be in a position to help people use those talents for the Lord.
Too many times in our world, we point out the flaws in others rather than pointing out their strengths. Think about that for a moment. Is your focus on the flaws or the strengths?
Kingdom Assignment Challenge
Kingdom Assignments are when our church gives cash to people so they can use it to make a difference in their community and beyond. This Kingdom Assignment is part of the Get Off Your Donkey series, based on the story of the Good Samaritan who got off of his donkey to serve.
The Village is now 60 days into the 90 day Kingdom Assignment Challenge. The fun started on April 5th when we handed out $100 bills to 55 people who were ready to step out and make a difference. Here are the 3 parameters to using the Kingdom Assignment money:
1. The money isn’t yours, it’s God’s.
2. Do something outside the walls of the church to help others.
3. Report back in 90 days on what you did.
The stories have been pouring in daily and it’s been so much fun to see what God is doing through His people!
One family who has a heart for kids who have to be in the hospital for a long time had this to say…
” The Smith family would like to thank The Village for letting us take the “Get Off Your Donkey” Kingdom Assignment Challenge. We took $100 and turned it into this… 29 goodie bags overflowing with amazing things for kids in the hospital , 1 special bag for a local boy battling leukemia, and plenty of prizes for the games offered at Lurie Children’s Hospital. We asked on Facebook for others to get in on this movement and we were overwhelmed with monetary donations (totaling $190) and many generous gifts such as books, games, puzzles, toys, etc.”
Allow God To Work Through You
I’m reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6….
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I am confident that God has a plan for your life, a good work in store for you to do. Be confident that He will set you up to carry that plan on to completion.
God thinks you’re brilliant. You are brilliant. He gave you specific strengths to use for others. Lean into those and watch God work in amazing ways! I can’t wait to celebrate how God will work through you!