Since I’ve been writing about DelCon10 and you’ve seen some of the graphics from this conference in the background of the photos, I thought I’d share a bit about that theme. Most of this blog post was written and shared with delegates and guests of the conference before they arrived so they’d understand the theme.
A few years ago I heard Jeannette Clift George speak at a conference in Chicago. One statement she made impacted me deeply. She said that Gods ask two things of us: instant obedience and constant availability. I wrote it down. I copied it over and again to 3×5 cards and the inside flaps of Bibles. I repeated it in conversations and journals. I began to pray that God would make me into a person who could live up to this expectation.
More than a year ago a group of us were brainstorming ideas for a staff retreat theme. Impacted by the long-term influence of this statement (I can’t remember now whether I voiced it or not, but I know it was in my thinking), I suggested: “Called to YES!” We used it and it worked well for that occasion.
When a group of us sat down to talk about a theme for DelCon10, we knew we wanted something that genuinely reflects Wycliffe’s heart – something broader and deeper than a reiteration of our mission/vision but also something very much in line with those declarations of identity and purpose.
As we talked together and searched Scripture, we found this passage from Isaiah 26:
“Yes, Lord, walking in the ways of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” NIV
This verse serves as a kind of charter statement for God’s people to live God-centered lives of instant obedience and constant availability – affirming that we are, indeed, people called to YES! “Yes” to God’s overarching plan for history: to make His Son famous among the nations.
Last week at the conference, Juanita came up to me and handed me a yellow 3×5 card with the conference theme verse hand printed on it as well as this one:
“Jesus Christ, the Son of God, never wavers between yes and no… He is the divine yes – God’s affirmation. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in him.” (2 Cor. 2:19,20 NLT)
When we say YES! to God’s calling in our lives, we reflect the very nature of the Son, Jesus Christ. Our YES! to join God in what He is doing is one way that we participate in His purposes. Amazing.