“They’re a waste of time: Christianity is not about having fun”
“They’re so badly organised you always regret showing up”
Well I for one beg to differ, last week Thursday I went to a Christian event that reminded me how much I love Jesus, got me excited to simply worship God and refocused my mind on living for the Lord my God. Read my interview (below) with Jessica Hagan, co-organiser of Higher Love.
PP: So, what inspired you to come up with Higher Love?
JH: [chuckles] Well, that’s a really good question. I was looking through my spoken word, and I really wanted to perform it but after looking, and looking, and looking some more, I realised there was nowhere to perform it.
PP: Ooooh So you’re an artist yourself, and because you couldn’t find a platform, you created one?
JH: Yess, that’s exactly it! I was praying about my purpose, I wanted God to use me but there just didn’t see to be a platform, and He just dropped it in my head..
PP: We think you mean ‘dropped it in your spirit’?
JH: [laughs] Yes he dropped 2 Corinthians 2:18 in my -spirit-. Literally that scripture kept coming up, every time I prayed for my purpose, at numerous events and through numerous people, so I thought yo, let’s do this, and ran with the vision God gave me
PP: [nods in agreement] Wow, so how did you come up with the name? Why not lower love or same level love?
JH: Because God is the Highest Love that we will ever encounter, we will never know love like we know God’s love, he really is the highest love that we could ever comprehend
PP: Wooo, can we get an amen! So how do you feel now it’s over?
JH: I’m just so excited for the next one, I want it to continue in the same honest vein and I’m trusting God that it’ll be bigger and better, and continue to connect Christians and non-believers alike.
PP: Final question: What was the best moment for you?
JH: Best part by far was that God was there, God showed up and the night couldn’t have ended a better way
What can I say, not all Christian events are as well organised and meaningful as Higher Love, but that doesn’t mean we should paint them all with the same brush. Before you write off the next event, remember, that event is probably a vision God laid on someone’s heart, and the only way Christian events will improve is if we swap our scrutiny for supporting our Christian family.
I’m so glad I spent my Thursday night at the Higher Love open mic night and I hope you feel encouraged to run with whatever vision God is dropping in your spirit. It might seem unconventional and you might not be sure if all of the Christian community will co-sign your efforts but that is irrelevant when God has given you a purpose. Church doesn’t have to happen on a Sunday, we don’t need to pray for five hours for the Holy Spirit to show up, and you can spread the Good News without a pulpit and a mic. If you keep ignoring what God is calling you to, you won’t ever have fulfilment in Christ.
Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)
I Can’t wait for the next for the next Higher Love. Catch them @HigherLoveUk on Twitter and find out when the next event is.