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The Enemy of Enthusiasm

Seventeen days.

There are exactly seventeen days until the doors of the High Point campus are opened to the community to worship on Sundays!

Since I’ve come on staff, the planning and preparation has been extensive, and as we near completion, the excitement is palpable. It’s not hard to understand the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds our fourth campus launch—primarily, it illustrates God’s faithfulness in providing the increase to make it possible for us to conduct worship experiences in four separate locations across the Triad each week. The thought of how many more people will find an open seat to come and hear the gospel, perhaps for the very first time, is astounding! And while the anticipation continues to build and our hearts eagerly await the unveiling, I feel compelled to share what God laid on my heart this week.

I was listening to an old sermon by John Piper, and the first line captivated my attention with just a few, poignant words:

“Probably the worst enemy of enthusiasm is time.”

As humans, we all know what it’s like to be enthusiastic about something and then find that joy fading over time. Think of little children and “new” toys—their attention span is captivated initially and, seemingly overnight, they have totally forgotten their once prized possession. You see, we all tire of something, and for the believer, it is crucial that we not grow weary in doing the things God has called us to.

Leading up to the campus launch, there have been countless hours spent upfitting the space and solidifying details big and small for how the campus will run. This work is both necessary and intentional, but it pales in comparison to the work that still remains.

High Point, just like other cities and countries throughout the world, is full of opportunities for the gospel to bring people from death to life! This is the “work” that will produce a return on investment for all eternity. Living intentionally on-mission is no small task. It is weighty. It is divine. It is essential. Fortunately, God never asks us to depend on ourselves. He knows our limitations and has given us Jesus Christ in whom we find our sufficiency.

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

If time is the enemy of enthusiasm, none of us are exempt from feeling the effects of faithful service— whether at church, on our jobs, or even in our own homes. But we aren’t left without the power of Scripture to reinvigorate our weary bones and remind us of the Lord’s great commission.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Let’s not grow weary while fulfilling the mission, as we have been called, equipped, and empowered to be the hands and feet of Jesus until he returns. Instead of allowing time to steal the momentum of our enthusiasm, let us fix our eyes on what is timeless, our Savior Jesus Christ! His promises are sure and his purposes will prevail!

Click here to find out more about the High Point campus launching March 31st.

-Eugene Grant (High Point Campus Director)