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Tracing back through the interwoven stories of prominent people of the Christian faith, Brooke Ligertwood illustrates how a singular faith-filled moment of surrender can create a ripple effect for the Gospel. Brooke teaches us that our creative giftings, in song-writing and production, on the platform or hidden behind its curtains, are merely a means to which Christ can be magnified to the world around us.

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Tracing back through the interwoven stories of prominent people of the Christian faith, Brooke Ligertwood illustrates how a singular faith-filled moment of surrender can create a ripple effect for the Gospel. Brooke teaches us that our creative giftings, in song-writing and production, on the platform or hidden behind its curtains, are merely a means to which Christ can be magnified to the world around us.

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Infinite Consequences from Finite Obedience-Brooke Ligertwood

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Gospel Aimed Surrender

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Infinite Consequences from Finite Obedience-Brooke Ligertwood
Infinite Consequences from Finite Obedience

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You Are The Instrument

Our day-to-day lives are filled with what we may find to be insignificant choices.

Our grocery store of choice.
The coffee shop we frequent.
Our carpool rotation.
The walk we take to our desk and the people we pass along the way.

Miniscule. Minor. Of little consequence on a much grander scale.

But what if they weren’t? Under the surface of the seemingly insignificant, we find something much more grand. Something eternal.

Over the next three days, we’re going to reposition our perspective to see the ordinary as anything but. As we focus on how our seemingly insignificant choices and giftings contribute to a far greater story, we will see how our lives are best positioned in a gospel-aimed surrender.

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“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest.” John 12:24 AMP

In 1972, a meteorology professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology named Edward Lorenz was making a small adjustment to a computer-simulated weather pattern. Rather than repeating his normal simulation, he made a tiny alteration, rounding off his variable from .506127 to .506. This seemingly meaningless change drastically impacted the entire weather pattern, changing its course altogether.

He famously posed this question in response to what he found: “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?”

This small disturbance had far-reaching effects, more than he might ever have imagined. Through the lens of a faith-filled life, we can pose a similar question: do our seemingly insignificant choices create a ripple effect for the sake of the Gospel?

As we continue in this journey together, let us begin by asking ourselves that very question. Take a moment to consider your daily choices and their consequences and ask, “Lord, how might you want to use what I see to be small?”

What's Next?

Yesterday, we asked ourselves how our seemingly ordinary choices could be a part of a much grander story. As we look through the interwoven stories of prominent people of the Christian faith today, we will begin to find an answer.

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Let’s trace the thread of Gospel conversations Brooke Ligertwood told us about.

An ordinary Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball leads a young shoe clerk to Christ, who in turn invigorates a British Baptist minister. That Baptist minister, FB Meyer, galvanizes a widower who disciples another, who recommends a preacher for an event in Charlotte, NC. There, that very preacher reaches a teenage boy who would go on to lead hundreds of millions of people from death to life.

Edward Kimball.
D.L. Moody.
F.B. Meyer.
J. Wilbur Chapman.
Billy Sunday.
Mordecai Ham.
Billy Graham.

We can trace the story of people coming to faith through their obedience.

We have been given what we have on purpose. Our location, workplace, circumstances, time, treasure, and talents are not ordinary. Rather, they are the seedbed for the glory of God to be known. In the hand of God, what may seem monotonous is actually miraculous.

Our gifts, our days, our choices, and our lives find their place and ultimate redemption only as part of a gospel-aimed surrender.

What's Next?

Consider this quote by F.B. Meyer “If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing?"

Over the past two days, we have discovered our lives and all our subsequent choices and circumstances are a means by which Christ can be magnified to the world around us. As we conclude our time together, we will uncover the invitation to leverage our lives and our singular call to obedience.

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Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Not only are we free from being shackled to our sin, we are free from being enslaved to the idea of how God might want to use us. In unity and diversity, we have one calling, anchored in the Great Commission.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

Laying down our lives for the glory of God might seem like a tiny flap of butterfly wings in our workplaces, communities, and churches, but the consequences are infinite. Through finite obedience, we found ourselves written into an eternal story. We see this well in Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Mark.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. “ Mark 8:35

Each of us is part of something much greater and holier than we may ever begin to understand. In our circumstances, whether we see them as a means to celebrate or to suffer with Christ, we find an invitation to leverage everything for the sake of the Gospel. We are an instrument the Lord loves to play.

Let that sink in. You are a means God is able and wants to use. Your ordinary day and extraordinary gifts included: you are an instrument.

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Scripture References

  • John 12:24
  • Matthew 28:19-20
  • Mark 8:35
  • Galatians 5:13
Brooke Ligertwood Brooke Ligertwood is an esteemed platinum recording artist and Grammy-award-winning songwriter, producer, and worship leader.

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