This past week a Life Group leader in our church called me, bubbling over with excitement as she related “what happened last Thursday.” The study went… fine. The discussion was… good. The prayer time… began normally, but then… liftoff!

Jesus began to move. Emotions swirled. God was dealing with people in beautiful ways, and now, a few days later, the ripples still haven’t reached the edge of the pond.

As we “go” to church this Sunday, let me ask a simple question: When was the last time something beautiful and powerful happened during the service that wasn’t printed on the order of service? Sometimes things feel flat. Other times, passionate. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about moments when Jesus not only changed how something felt, but what happened next.

I have to confess, I can’t remember the last time that happened in our church.

If you can’t remember the last time that happened, what does that mean?

It could mean Jesus doesn’t have freedom to express himself.

It could mean your church culture has sent the message (to your people, and maybe even to Jesus) that only planned and polished items will be a part of your program.

Follow Jesus around through the Gospels. Watch him live, move, and speak. How much of what happened could have been printed on a church bulletin the Thursday before it happened?

I’m “Leading the service” today. But I don’t want to. Jesus, step in. Show up. Mess with us.

Makes you think, no?