Safe and Secure

We are blessed at Harvest Orange County to be ushered into the presence of the Lord with wonderful worship by some of the top Christian musicians. We are privileged to have a pastor/teacher who has the gift of evangelism and a heart for the lost. We are grateful to have a new building complete with a huge red stairway and hanging surfboards for decor. We have great coffee and Juan’s Tacos. We have delightful ministries for children, high schoolers, young adults, and men and women that focus on teaching God’s Word. But we live in dark times.

Jesus calls us to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). That can be a tough pill to swallow for those you invite to visit Harvest OC this Christmas season as they’re greeted with “Can you open your purse so I can check it please?”¬† I’ve heard some interesting comments in response to that dreaded request. But I am so very grateful that we are part of a church that takes our safety and security seriously. I know for some of us it may not be easy to invite those we’ve been trying to reach with the true Reason for the season to come visit Harvest OC, considering they may react negatively to purse searches and the presence of security.

What a time to be on our knees in prayer that the love and light of the Lord would shine through to every heart that enters the Sanctuary. Can I be so bold to ask the body of Christ to pray for our visitors and those who might have an issue with our security measures? That the love of Christ would so permeate the premises that even a little purse check wouldn’t cause bitterness or anger in any¬†heart. Might I be so bold to urge us to pray for our security team, ushers, and greeters; that they may “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” while abounding in knowledge and all discernment (Philippians 1:9).

Let us be a church of prayer, of wisdom, discernment, and love. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:23-25). Let us exhort one another that much more in these dark days that the love and light of Christ might shine that much brighter.