As I was preparing for the message last week, regarding the first 2 verses of 1 Timothy 5, I was challenged by the Holy Spirit to “go deeper” than just contemplating on how we should treat older or younger men and women (and widows) with absolute purity. I was reminded that as an International interdenominational church we have very different attributes as a church body that go beyond gender. We have a mixture of nationalities, races, cultures, colors, eye shapes and passports. We also have a mixture of church backgrounds, denominational backgrounds and at times (prayerfully much more often in the future) people that come to LIFT with no faith background and/or even another religious background such as Muslim, Hindu or other. In the future, as we grow, so will the mixture! THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT! In fact, to imagine this, is to imagine a bunch of colorful stones and glass fragments all broken and put together into an order with a greater purpose creating a beautiful picture. Such a picture is called a Mosaic!
Living in Switzerland, or basically anywhere in Europe for that matter, we see Mosaic art all over the place. Often, it blends in as just something “religious”, but when one looks deeper, one can see the greater beauty made up of all the individual pieces and one realizes that it took time and a master’s skill to put together. With this in mind, I am finally understanding the word BELONG, one of our three “words” that we summarize LIFT with; BELONG, BELIEVE and BECOME*. (*Origins via Mosaic Church- Los Angeles)
As I shared last week in the message, I would like for “everybody” in Zug (and beyond) to be welcome at LIFT and to be able to find a place to BELONG! Like individual pieces coming together and belonging together, like a mosaic! As International foreigners living here (and Swiss too), people need a place to BELONG, and LIFT is a place where they are welcome, no matter what! Yes, we will share about Jesus (BELIEVE) and together as individual “pieces” we can BECOME something much greater. But for many, just BELONGing somewhere is a starting place. As all of us BELIEVErs are living our faith as genuine followers of Jesus and His words are made true in our lives and our church, where “you will know my disciples by their love for one another”, then the BECOMING something greater is bound to happen for all of us, and for God’s glory!
Below is our longer than three words purpose statement for LIFT which you are part of and to which you BELONG!
We are “people”, with many different backgrounds, nationalities and even languages – though English is our common language – that come together
to seek to worship and glorify God through our lives, fellowship with each other, grow in our own personal faith, serve Him and each other,
and share our faith with others around us, – all for the kingdom of God in the area of Zug, Switzerland!
It is an honor to journey together with each of you individually and as a church together! Great things are ahead as many are stepping up and serving one another so that together we can grow forward, and not just in the size of our facilities, but in the size of our love!
In His grip and grace,
(*Origins via Mosaic Church- Los Angeles)