Clamoring On MLK Day

HAWTHORNE, CA - MARCH 29:  Milton Smith shows $1080 worth of Mega Millions lottery tickets after buying them from Bluebird liquor store on March 29, 2012 in Hawthorne, California. The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record high of $540 million  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Last week we saw people clamoring to win the big Powerball Lottery jackpot.  Three people  (tickets) realized their dreams, redemption, salvation, and aspirations that may or may not last a lifetime.  So many less than lucky losers with high hopes of holding just the right ticket were dashed by the hard rocks of materialism, which ultimately is a horrible idol to ascribe to.

Last night I saw another group of folks clamoring.  Some seventy-five had lined up and signed up, but another one hundred actually showed up.  They were clamoring as well.  But the ticket they were hoping to grab onto was not materialistic or selfish.  The ticket they were clamoring for would earn them a fulfilling place to serve in the Kingdom of Jesus.

Last night, I witnessed 175 inspiring people (and that may be a bit south of the actual number of hungry Jesus followers) trying to find their fit in the Bride of Christ by going through a massive spiritual gifts assessment.  When the hour and a half session was over, the room was buzzing with people excited about their unique wiring discovery.  They were hoping to be a part of a sweeping, radical movement of the Gospel within Christ’s Church.

These days, some folks will clamor for things that will just not last, may even cause destruction, and never fully fulfill.  Others pragmatically get the wisdom of Jesus words:  “If you lose your life, you’ll actually gain it.”

On this MLK weekend, my heart soars after seeing White, Black, Hispanic, young (some 50+ teenagers), old, single, married, long-time believers, and new-to-the-faith folks clamor for all the right reasons.  A visible representation of an integrated church working together for the good of others and the fame of Jesus makes this a great MLK day.  I have a dream too, and it was given wings to fly last night when the right people were clamoring for the right things, and for all the right reasons.

Way to go Church, way to go.


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