Lights snapped, sounds on, hands raised high, feet gathering toward the stage, and the voice of God roared through Pastor Ben Narayanan and his team, who flew in from Avant Church in Vancouver, Canada. “Pursued,” the theme of our Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW), aimed to glorify the Lord who has been pursuing us before time immemorial. “We pursue God because He first pursued us,” Pastor Ben declared the simple fundamental truth before more than 200 students, parents, and teachers of our Dalat community.
Drawing from Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne, and the train of his robe filled the temple,” he narrates this powerful symbolism: in ancient times, when a king fought against another king, the victor would cut the robe off of the defeated as a declaration of his victory. The longer the robe, the greater the victory. The “train of his robe filled the temple” because Jesus has victory over every king, Satan, and death.
After completing a sermon on the Prodigal Son from Luke 15, Pastor Ben posed a thought to us, “At some point, you have to decide to follow Jesus if you want to come home.” On the final night of SEW, Ariel McIver, Isaac Beaman, and Limey Chhor went on stage, each with a testimony to share, bearing witness to the ever-renewed grace, mercy, and the pursuit of God in their lives. A running theme in all of the testimonies was this, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
God has used SEW to stir the heart of our Dalat community. With three students’ testimonies, a box full of written confessions, prayer requests, and reflections, SEW’s “Pursued” came to an end. But God is still pursuing us even though we are not worthy. As a member of Pastor Ben’s team beautifully put it, “The moment you take a step toward Jesus, He will run to you. You have a choice to go home or not.”
Do you desire healing that only God can provide? Will you look beyond your shame, your illness, your brokenness, your sin, and push through the crowd to reach for the hem of Jesus’ robe like the sick woman from Luke 8:40-48? He healed her. He healed Isaac Beaman, Ariel McIver, Limey Chhor, and many others. He desires to heal you and restore your relationship with Him.
Will you take a step toward Him?
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