"In the Gap" by Ally Mittleider

Wilfredo De Jesus, more commonly known as Pastor Choco, was named Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the author of the book, “In The Gap: What happens when God’s People Stand Strong.” Needless to say- Wilfredo De Jesus is a “salty” person. 
He has a very simple vision: to be a church for the hurting that reaches people for Jesus. I can’t help but jump on board with that vision, as it can be applied anywhere at any time. As we have been going through this series of saltiness with Pastor Dusty, I personally have become excited to go through the process that Pastor Choco shared with us at the 2014 Global Leadership Summit. 

The first step is prayer. As we are called to be salt to Eugene, we need to remember to pray! We can pray for our own sake; that we will be moved to weep for the hurt in this city. “Break my heart for what breaks yours,” is a simple Hillsong United lyric that has stuck with me since I heard it, but it’s an important mentality to have. There are gaps in Eugene, but we need to be revealed to what these gaps might be before we can do anything about it. The next step is to plan. Being the planning-type myself, this is one of my favorite steps, as I get to put together a plan to execute. It may seem too business-like to be of the Spirit, but it is all part of the plan God has to use us as salt people in this city. The most important step of this process is to proceed. Do something! Act out the plan that God helped you create. Wilfredo De Jesus said in one of his talks that, “Once you have been revealed a problem- you must act! If you aren’t going to do anything about the answer, why did you ask?” Ouch. But SO true. Taking the next step of action is vital, because faith without action is dead. Period. (James 2:14-26)

This was such an encouragement to me! Ephesians 2:1 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” The first line says we are God’s masterpiece. We are His work, and as a work of God we are made to do God’s work. The reason we are here and alive today - the reason our hearts beat – is for this mission. My encouragement is to begin praying for open eyes; that we, as a body of Christ, will see the needs of our city. I pray that He will break our hearts for what breaks His so we can begin to meet people where they are at.

 

James 2:14 - "What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?"

James 2:18 - "Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds."