Habakkuk 2:2 - “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”
It took us three years to be able to make Lift's vision plain and written down in a way that we felt resounds in our hearts. You could say this is a labour of love! Anyway, here it is. Lift's "why", our reason for existing is that we inspire people to live. That's WHY we do what we do, in every facet of our church.
Why do we sing songs of worship on Sunday? To inspire people to live.
Why do we have Lift Kids and Lift Youth? To inspire kids and youth to live.
Why do we partner with community organisations? To inspire people to live.
What is this life that we inspire people towards? The life that Jesus offers us. In John 10:10 (MSG) Jesus states, "I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of." Many people never see this life, and I believe that it's because there was no one to show them.
Romans 10:12 - "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
And the way that we preach this is through inspiration. Not manipulation. Not guilt or shame. We want to demonstrate this "more and better" life that Jesus has given us access to through our words and our actions, that people would choose to access it themselves.
There are 3 keys things that we are inspired by (and that we inspire with):
1. We are inspired by God’s passionate pursuit of our souls.
God's love is not passive or contained. It is passionate and is directed towards us in the hope that we would be reconciled to Him. This love is the basis of everything that we do.
2. We are inspired by the Kingdom’s life-giving and disruptive culture.
Romans 12:2 states, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
God has a design for our lives that is beautiful. Glorious. Magnificent. But it also run against the grain of a lot of what the world teaches us. Rather than tell people what is wrong with what the world teaches (a tactic that us Christians seem to be really good at), perhaps we could be more effective if we could express the life that God has designed for us. We need to get better at articulating and demonstrating why Kingdom culture is worth pursuing.
3. We are inspired by God’s radical and surprising plan to include us in carrying freedom to the world.
God's redemptive plan started with the crazy idea of Him taking our place, and surprisingly the message then gets entrusted to us. I certainly know that I'm not perfect, and at first it seems far-fetched that God would want me to carry freedom to others. But then I realised that perhaps because of my brokenness I'm the perfect candidate to prove to others the depth of God's love!
These together help guide our "why". And now that we've made it plain, it's time to run!