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How to Keep Step with God's Timing

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I lived in East Africa for a couple of years with people who just loved to dance. My friends would grab an old can, a plastic bucket, or just about anything to make music and have a dance party. The problem for me was that, well, I can’t dance. 

My friends were always gracious. They never said, “You can’t dance.” Instead, they said,  “You’re dancing to a different song.”

Timing is everything in dancing and life! We want to make a difference. We want our lives to count. But we miss so much looking for that perfect opportunity. Our idea of timing doesn’t always match God’s timing. Finding the beat to God's song means doing more than just taking in information. We need to move.

There are dozens of reasons why we don’t move or act on what we know. We might think we don’t know enough. Maybe we think we need one more Bible study before we can do X, Y, or Z. We might be suffering or angry because we’re suffering.   Illness, bad relationships, financial struggles, and unemployment are a few things that can make time feel like it’s standing still.

Errin Mulberry reminded us last Sunday that the Israelites were in Egypt for 400 years as slaves. That’s a long time to wait for God’s timing! What we learn from that story is that the Israelites didn’t see God deliver them until they obeyed and began to move. That’s when they saw how quickly and powerfully God moves.

The Bible tells us He parted the Red Sea for millions of people to escape their captors—and then, at just the right time, He let a devastating wall of seawater crash down on the enemy.  Timing is everything, and God’s timing is perfect.  

This month at Calvary, we’re talking about the  Perfect Gift of Christmas. It came to us in the form of a Man, Savior and Lord. We call him Jesus. The very moment you first heard his name was the perfect moment for you to hear it. If you ever decided to follow Jesus—that was God’s perfect moment for you to follow Him. That’s when God introduced a new song to you.   You need to move

What is your next step in following Jesus?  People at Calvary are moving out of their seats to the streets to follow Jesus in loving God and loving others. 

  1. Take one step outside your comfort zone. Invite that friend, acquaintance, or neighbor to a special service at church. Trust in God’s timing for them. Grab a few invitations this Sunday to the Christmas Eve service, and invite them!
  2. Take cookies to your neighbors for Christmas. This is a really low-key but powerful way to establish a friendly relationship with people you don’t know.
  3. Help the poor. Dozens of groups and many individuals at Calvary are leading the way in a campaign to help Hope Rescue Mission next year.  Join them. Send an email to . He’ll help you find how you were made to fit in and make a difference.
  4. Give to the community through Twas the Lights Before Christmas. More than 2000 people from the Sinking Spring area visited our campus last weekend. The timing was right for them to receive a great family gift in the light show and hear about a community of people who love Jesus and want to follow Him. The timing may be right for you to be a part of welcoming them. Sign up in the Calvary lobby to help one of our hospitality teams or contact !

The great thing about following Jesus is that we never walk alone. Our invitation to follow is also an invitation to invite more people to come with us. And nothing feels better than being among friends and dancing to the same song!

 

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