I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles lately. And mission, really.
As many of you are aware, I’m on the staff at INITIATIVE, which is a network of young Christians in the Dallas area who support the local church movement in our city. Every month, INITIATIVE holds a Gathering where it takes on a prominent need in our city. In these Gatherings, the goal is simple: to connect passions from people to each other and other organizations, to expose the needs that are stifling the flourishing of our city for the gospel, and to empower young Christians beyond the point of awareness into action! It’s an incredible mission and message.
A few days ago, we held a Gathering about Human Trafficking. And as I was preparing to introduce myself and the organization to the three hundred something people in attendance, the Lord dropped something on me. I’d been trying to think of a way to unite, or connect, every person in the room by reminding them why we all had come. I wanted to let them know that they were among people who shared their passions, people who were ready to do something about trafficking in Dallas.
I’d found a corner in the building to walk and talk through some ideas. I like to pace when I’m thinking, so when someone walked by and said hello and asked me how I was doing, and I said, “Good! Makin’ miracles happen!” I don’t know if that phrase rings any bells for you, but I’d gotten it from Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in Jerry Maguire several years ago. It’s a phrase you might hear me say all the time in passing. I usually don’t mean much by it except that I’m working on something, or that I’m busy, or whatever. Obviously, I’m not literally making miracles happen.
But that night, after I’d said those words, something hit me. Maybe we can “make miracles happen.”
And for a second, I pondered the idea of miracles. I thought about how I’d complained that we don’t see the sort of miracles Jesus did in the scriptures anymore. And about how I’d been mad with God for showing up as a burning bush to Moses, but not to anyone else. I’ll admit there is a part of me that saw miracles as old hat, happenings done in an period long gone, happenings fit for a prior Christian era. But in that moment, in that corner of the building, God said, “No Antwuan. I’m still in the miracle making business.”
He said, “When Spirit-led passion, mixed with obedience collide with opportunity, miracles happen.” I suppose mathematically it’d look like this:
Spirit-led Passion + Obedience + Opportunity = Miracles
What is a Miracle?
From that moment, God began to expand my idea of “miracles.” Sure there is the more extravagant (I guess that’s the word) sort of miracles like turning water to wine, and feeding 5,000 with 2 fish and five loaves. But in it’s basic form, miracles bring hope to hopelessness. Miracles break the chains of terminal despair and shines a piercing light through the endless darkness of depravity. Miracles are pointers to God. They are revelations that God is more than our circumstances and perspectives.
A miracle is not simply an event. It’s a recognition. It’s a precursor to the gospel message of God’s love, grace, and power. And to that end, each one of us can bring about a miracle. Each one us, when driven by God’s Spirit with willful obedience, can bring about such recognitions of who God is, and what each person means to him. Each one of us can break the chains, and be beacons of light to the emotional, spiritual, and physical darkness and depravity happening around us.
Indeed. It is time to recognize who we are. As the church we are God’s people. We are the physical representation of God’s presence. We are the burning bush. We are wine transformed from water. We are the walking and talking miracles pointing others to God. It’s time we stepped up into our roles. It’s time we made more miracles happen!
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