Having a Heart for the House

peter rigo houseHaving a heart for the house, being committed to the house. When we talk about the house, every church is a house, it’s the house of God. And every house has different parents and a different personality. And when we talk about our house, it doesn’t mean it has to be the same as everybody else’s house. And when we talk about our house and the way God wants to work with us here, it doesn’t mean that we’re against anywhere else. It just means this is our house. Does that make sense?

So we like to talk about the vision of how God wants to move in your life in our house. When you come to our house, you’re welcome. But when you go to anybody’s house and yu’re visiting, you tend to fit yourself into what they want you to do. They don’t find you in the master bedroom crashed out on the bed for a little nap because you’re a guest. You don’t put your feet up where they don’t want you to, you don’t go in their fridge if they don’t want you to.

And the house of God is a place with priorities and order and authority and goodness. And when we honor the house, we honor God who’s building the house. And that allows us to manage many more lives just like you and mine so that we can be successful in leading people to Christ and leading people to grow in Christ. It doesn’t matter that you’re a babe or a seasoned veteran in Christiniaty–there is a place for you at One Community Church. There’s a place for you to fit in and grow. If you’re new to Christ, we’ll say that you’re in diapership. But we believing in you, and we can’t wait to see you grow and mature through diapership all the way to discipleship. And there are people all around you that want to be part of that. So I would encourage you to go to our website and view our podcast and come to our sermons because we want you to be a part of One Community Church. Not only that but we want you to become an integral part of what makes things happen here so that many more people like you can come in and find a home and find some rest and find some comfort and find salvation.

Jesus Is Our Partner

peter rigo partnerWe have this belief that if God wants something done, he’ll do it. Have you heard that? Whatever will be will be and it has very little to do with you and be. The problem is it’s not true, it’s not biblical, and it’s not the way God set it up. But it sounds good to us because we don’t want to believe that God is interested in working with us because we find out quickly what’s wrong with us and then we live in that state. And of course, we know that God will never work with any of us if we do something wrong, correct?

That’s not true either. That’s man, that’s religion, that’s the foundation where religion got its foothold. This concept that you’re never good enough or Godly enough or far enough along that God would ever want to work with you or through you. So we live in this state of I’ll never have God work through me so I sure hope he finds somebody else to work through.

But I’ve got an announcement today: Jesus came and paid the ultimate price. He paid the debt for you and me. He covers our sin with his blood and his righteousness. And that allows God to come into partnership with you and me, despite our failures, our faults, our inconsistencies, our limitations. God is still interested in working through you and me in partnership.

So when you read the word of God or when the word of God is taught to you, don’t check out. Don’t start counting the ceiling tiles, don’t rest your eyes, stay connected in because when you find out how much of a partner God is to you, you begin to realize there’s a lot more miracles and supernatural things that God has planned for the people around you and I and He has plans to bring it through you and I.

I tell you the Truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father. — John 14:12

Have you ever raised the dead? Have you ever turned water into wine? That’s where the problem comes in–we see what Jesus did, we see he says we will do the same works, or even greater works, but then we think maybe it’s not for us. Maybe future generations will, but we don’t believe we’re up to the task. It’s just too much pressure.

Now to make ourselves feel better, it’s been projected on that scripture that what Jesus was “really” saying was that there was going to be a whole lot more of us. That because there are millions of us, together over long periods of time we will bring about changes that can maybe be compared to what Jesus accomplished.

I think this is the easy way out. I believe that God has designed great, supernatural things to bring this Earth to a saving knowledge of who He is but we must understand today that He is partnered with us, he has contractually held Himself into an agreement that His love, His mercy, and His power is going to touch the earth and touch people on the earth who believe in Him. He’s not working outside and apart from us. We are not pylons that He navigates his way around. We are persons and we have a choice in the matter. We have a partnership with Jesus Chris.

 

On Being Worn Out

peter rigo drainedAs a church, One Community’s goal is to answer the real questions. We all know about creation, we all know about the Ark, we all know that Jesus died for our sins, but the heart of this house is to give real answers to real questions facing Christians all over the world.

Here’s a question: You always here that relationships take work and time and sacrifice, but there’s a fine line between that and a negative relationship destroying you while you try to keep it alive. Are you giving too much in a relationship when you feel like you’re drained?

The question is can you ever give too much? The law of sowing and reaping says you can’t. Whatever you sow is what you reap. But I don’t necessarily think the challenge in a relationship is giving enough. It’s what are you eating in order to give?

It’s not just the outflow, there has to be an inflow. And in order to have something to give, you have to have a supply. So in a relationship, when you feel exhausted and worn out and spent, the problem is not what has gone out of you, it’s that you’re underfeeding yourself in order to replenish that supply.

Because ultimately, in order to love another human righteously or really, it takes Christ’s love in you. Because ultimately, human love is self-seeking and self-centered. So when we go and we fill up in our relationship with God, when we feed on his word, when we have good fellowship within the body, we will have enough to give.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but the truth is that is a lie. It is a lie from the pit of hell. If you are away from your spouse for long periods of time, you will go disinterested, it’s a fact. The same is true in your relationship with God. If you miss out on participating with the body of Christ for long periods of time, you’ll start to spiritually starve. And then it’s not long before you’re disinterested and exhausted.

As long as you have Jesus in your heart, you will have enough to give. If you’re feeding on the word and the love of God and you still have nothing to give a relationship, that would be a sign that that particular relationship might need to be reconsidered. But only if you are truly participating with the body of Christ. In your search for truth and for the correct path, start there, as you would in any other situation. Evaluate your relationship with God before you question your relationship with another person.