Buzz! It’s what happens when something catches on, gains attention, and creates anticipation. Nothing helps a local business like creating a conversation that spreads as in “Hey, have you been to that coffee shop down on Clematis? You have to check it out!” A positive buzz brings increased customer flow and profit. Unlike advertising which is the communication of a message designed to sell, buzz grows out of the experience of people and is usually more authentic.
Did you know that God invests His gift of grace to people in His Church to create a ‘buzz’ among the angels? (You’re smiling!) Check out what Paul wrote about this. “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.“ (Ephesians 3:10, NLT) A paraphrase of the Scripture, The Message, puts it this way: “Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!“ (Ephesians 3:10, The Message)
Imagine the powerful spirit beings of Heaven gathering ‘round to talk about Faith Discovery Church. “Gabriel, did you see what that little group of people did in their region? Have you noticed how they care for one another, the difference they are making in their corner of the earth? It’s amazing. They are not rich, their numbers are not great. Yet, they are making Jesus’ Name known.” Dream that, friend!
It’s not that far-fetched. When Christ is Lord, where the Spirit is invited to empower, where people are desiring God – He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 3:20-21) There it is again – His reputation is enhanced and He gets the praise (buzz!) when the church is being who He created her to be.
Christian, let’s begin to pray bigger prayers, not to become famous, but to make His Name glorious on earth and in Heaven. Let’s ask God to do something in us and through us that gets the angels talking. Make no mistake about what that means. It isn’t about a grand musical Christmas show. Impressive to some, perhaps, but not the core mission of the Church. It is surely not about building a huge organization that generates huge streams of revenue to enrich some leader. It is about seeing lives changed, hope shared, hungry people fed (physically and spiritually), evil defeated, and disciples made. God helping us, let’s give those angels something to talk about.
“Hallelujah! Praise God from heaven, praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels, praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven, praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God— he spoke the word, and there they were!
…Earth’s kings and all races, leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime, and yes, graybeards and little children.
Let them praise the name of God— it’s the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
he’s built a monument—his very own people!
Praise from all who love God!
Israel’s children, intimate friends of God. Hallelujah!” (Psalm 148, The Message)