We never know who is going to come through the front doors of our church. God has been gracious to New Life. Every week without fail, He has led guests to our church. We don’t always know what God has done to bring them, but God has led them to our church. Sometimes hurt brings them to our church, sometimes a friend’s invitation brings them to our church, and sometimes in search for truth they are led to our church. In each situation, God is doing a work and…
God includes His servants to participate in his work. Each of us has been given a function, a work, in the Church to minister to each other and to those who are led into our lives:
This last Sunday God worked once again. He has led, and He has include His servants in His work. As a result of the Lord’s leading and the faithfulness of His people, a young boy gave his life to the Lord. We never know who is going to come through the front doors of our church and…
We all have a role to play. Some of us are Greeters, Singers, Ushers, Life Group Leaders, Kidz Life Leaders, Light Specialists, but all together we participate with the Lord in His work. Let me remind you that greeters are not just “greeting,” singers are not just “singing,” and leaders are not just “leading.” Every one of you is doing the work that the Lord has given to you to do. This work is not just “stuff” it is Kingdom work. What a blessing it is to plant seeds and water into people lives as we trust God to cause the growth.
What is it mean to be wealthy? When do you know its arrived? How much is it? What kind of car does it look like? How many bedrooms or garages does it build? How much 401k does it hold? When can we be declared wealthy? Each of us has a different idea of wealth. Some us see a big number, others see a bigger number, and, yes, there are those who see the unreasonably big number. The truth is, we all have a number, even Christians. Is there anything wrong with “The Number?”
There is nothing, wrong per say, with having a number, but when our life becomes the pursuit of “The Number” we find ourselves making a critical error.
We all want to be rich, but again what does it mean to be wealthy? There has to be more than the pursuit of a “Number.”
Scriptures reveal to us that we are to be rich, but not in the worldly sense. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:18 that we are to be “rich in good works.” But what does this have to do with our wallets? Well, He goes on to say that we should be “rich in good works” and “generous and ready to share.” The worldview of man uses the pursuit of wealth for himself, but the worldview of God understands wealth as serving and sharing.
It is by this manner that we serve God and one another. Those who pursue wealth for themselves will be totally disappointed. In a moment it can be all lost or taken away, but for those who pursue God through good works and generous sharing store up treasures in God’s kingdom that cannot be lost or taken away.
Our New Life verse of the month is 1 Timothy 6:18-19. Dwell on its meaning, participate in its instruction, and trust in its reward. The pursuits of God’s Kingdom last. What is your pursuit?
1 Timothy 6:18–19
18Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
“It’s Thursday night already? We just went to a small group several days ago.” Yet, as I think about it, I realize that it was exactly six days ago when we met at our last Life Group. Who knew that six days could travel so fast? If we didn’t have to work, go to school, make trips to soccer practices, and go grocery shopping perhaps the last six days would have been much slower.
Have you ever thought the same way? I don’t know about you, but I have had to remind myself that fellowship in with the Church is a opportunity, not a responsibility. Yes, as members of New Life Fellowship, we have all agreed to participate in Life Groups, but we can reach a place where we look at Life Groups as our responsible membership fulfillment and not our membership opportunity. This is dangerous!
Let me explain, God became fed up with Israel (Malachi 1:10) for treating his sacrificial system as a responsibility and not an opportunity. God established a relationship with Israel, and because He is a holy God, He was generous to provided a means to cover their wrongs through the sacrificial system until the true sacrificial lamb (Jesus Christ) came. Over time, Israel treated this gracious provision as a responsibility and not an opportunity. Their actions fulfilled their responsibilities, but their hearts were disconnected from this gracious opportunity. As a result, the Lord said, “I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from you (Mal 1:10).” All because they treated it as a responsibility and not an opportunity.
Today, we don’t participate in the sacrificial system because Christ has covered our sins through His death. God did, however, give us the gracious gift of salvation and participation in His Church. My fear, at times, is that we treat His gracious gift (the Church) in the same manner as Israel did.
Where is your heart? Are you treating Church, Life Groups, or any ministry your involved in as a responsibility or an opportunity?