Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “show up” as in, “Let’s go to church and see if God shows up”? I’ve never liked the expression “show up” in reference to God because it sounds too casual—like the kind of thing you do when you don’t have anything better to do.
There is nothing so capricious about our God—He is deliberate in everything He does. He never “shows up” like that. But on the other hand, if by “show up” you mean that you can sense God’s presence in a worship service or a Bible study, then I could agree to the phrase. But what we are really saying is that God is “manifested.” The word “manifest” in simplicity means “to make known” or “to reveal.” When truth that was not understood or known before becomes real to us, we can say God, Who is Truth, was manifested.
That’s what happened in East Oakland at the Urban Church on Saturday. I know that many received a revelation of their identity as “sons of God.” When God showed up in East Oakland, there was a revelation “not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit.” Thank you for your prayers. Next week I will return to teach the power of the Cross in overcoming sin. I am quite confident that God will indeed be showing up!