So we’re really good at reaching out to our neighborhood as a church these days…We have luncheons, prayer nights, charity days, and all kinds of outreaches. Many of these are great ideas and generally delivered with the right Christian attitude. I’ve been wondering however, do we put as much effort into ministering to our members? The ones who have faithfully called the church home for years tend to be forgotten. We assume that they have it all together because they go to church. This week I’m challenging my prayer group to find a church member AND a person who has only come a few times and ask what we can do to help them. We can’t spend all our time and energy on the ones who don’t really want to listen while neglecting the ones who will accept our help!
Acts 2:44-“All the believers were TOGETHER and had everything in common.”
JUST A THOUGHT
“Beloved, you are in a wonderful place. I want you to take home this afternoon the knowledge that because God has called you and chosen you, He wants you to know today that you have power with Him, and because you are sons, and joint-heirs, you have a right to healing for your bodies, and to be delivered from all the power of the enemy.” Smith Wigglesworth.
Psalm 51:17 (NIV) “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
In this season of sacrifice in preparation for Easter, I am challenged. Are we sacrificing so we can check it off our “to do” list? Are you laying aside a desire so that God will bless you in return? Is it something I am doing so that I can feel right with God?
These things aren’t necessarily bad, but remember this my friends; God wants to bless you no matter what you do (or don’t do). He does not “require” a physical sacrifice from you before He can speak to you. It is not His will that we punish ourselves to get to know Him better.
Don’t get me wrong, God is moved when we are willing to deprive ourselves of a luxury to show Him how serious we are about our relationship with Him. Just be careful not to let the sacrifice be the goal. Be obedient in Him and ask nothing in return.