As September comes to a close, and we look back at the Missions Conference and reflect on what we heard and experienced, there are things we need to do going forward in our service for the Lord. Decisions were made about Faith Promise, about serving in certain areas, and about faithfulness. Many serve in the church; sometimes it may become common and not as exciting as it once was, but think about where you are serving and what it may accomplish for eternity! From the nursery to the auditorium class, we are all working toward the goal of getting people to Christ and growing closer to Him, while continuing to accomplish training. Consider these examples we are given:
John 4:28-30. The woman at the well left her waterpot, went and told the men of Jesus, and they came unto Him! We may need to leave some things and go tell others. Her focus changed when she met Jesus at the well. Her future changed when she met Jesus at the well.
Mark 5:1-20. The demoniac wanted to go with Jesus and spend time with Him. However, instead of getting to do what he wanted to do, Jesus told him, "... Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, ..." (verse 19). Then, in verse 20, it says, "And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: ..." We need to get out of the way of what we want and serve where Jesus wants us to and share what great things he hath done for us. Our assignment may not be what we want to do, but it needs to be where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do.
Mark 2:3-12. We need to get people to Jesus. It might take effort, like the four who used teamwork to get someone to Jesus. It was an effort that was physical; they carried this man to Jesus. We may need to do some things physically to be involved in what Christ wants for us. The volunteers at Bearing Precious Seed (BPS) put forth physical labor that ultimately gets people to Jesus. The church nursery requires physical effort to care for very young children, not only so the parents can be in the services, but also so those children may learn things by the time they leave the nursery! It may take some time; these men invested time getting him to Jesus, and at times it may require more effort than you thought, but the end result is getting someone to Jesus.
Luke 21:2; Mark 12:42. The example of the widow giving two mites has always been one that I remember from Sunday School as a kid. The picture in my mind was one of a rich guy dumping a bag of money in so folks could see what he was doing; then this little lady walking up and dropping in two coins. She gave with the attitude that it was to God, not for her to be seen.
We need to give our finances to further the gospel; we need to give our time to further the gospel; we need to speak to others to further the gospel; we need to do some things that we do not want or like to do to further the gospel. We need to further the gospel!
|Written by Al Braley
Director of Operations-BPS
September 26, 2018