Just a Thought from the Pastor
Jan. 29, 2013
Another year, but never the same. Life comes at us so fast and it seems to go even faster as you get older. My youngest son just turn 12 and my oldest will be 15 this year. It is hard to believe that they are growing up so quick. In four years at the church I have seen so many children grow into young teens and babies start school. This July will be 16 years of marriage for Wendy and I. Time sure flies.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14b. Nothing could be said simpler than that. Life is a mist and we are here for just a short time. So the question we have to ask ourselves; What am I doing for Christ with the time I have on this earth? Are we making choices with our lives that involve God or are we making choices that involve us? Leaving God somewhere to come in later after we have made those choices to see if we can fit Him into our lives.
We must remember that we are no longer slaves to this world and that our decisions need to be directed by the Word of God and we need to allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide through this journey we call life. Too often we put things off thinking that we have plenty of time. The thing we must remember is that time doesn't stop and every time we ignore the leading of God is time we cannot get back. Your are only this age at this minute at this very moment. Once it has passed it will not return.
So I will ask you again. What are you doing for Christ with the time you have on this earth? Just something to think about as your year goes on. I pray that each of you will seek to draw closer to the Lord so that when all is done you can look back and see a life well served by doing the work of God.
God's word is the most important tool in the Christian's walk. Without it we are blind and have no true since of direction. Taking God's word and applying it to our daily lives gives us the strength to carry on in times of loss, grief, depression, sadness, angry, disappointment, and much more. It also increases our joy, happiness, strength, patience, love, and kindness.
Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ESV.
How can we get anywhere in our life without his word. It is the lamp that lights the way and points us in the right direction. It is the light that shines on the path that gives us a clear view of where we are walking. Without it we trip and stumble through life in the snares and traps that Satan is placing in our way.
God's word need to take a major role in our lives. Without it we fall prey to danger and are led away from the truth. For each of us to mature in our faith we need to understand God's word and how it applies to our lives. Sunday morning our not enough light to get us through the week. If we are not filling our lamps with prayer, study, mediation and the reading of God's word then our lamps will empty and we will be lost.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11-16; It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, come to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
As a nation if we continue to put God in the background we are asking to fail as a nation. We must take God's word and allow it to determine the path of our life and in turn allow it to determine the path of our nation. Christians can no longer stand only on some of God's word but must begin to stand on the full word of God. The Holy Spirit is waiting for the revival in each person's heart, for that is where it begins in our own hearts. We must prepare ourselves so that we become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Therefore we will not fall prey to the teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
I guess what I'm trying to say to myself and all those that claim Christ as their Lord and Savior that it is time we grew up. No longer wavering or being scared to share our beliefs because someone may be offended. We are not to be ashamed of what we believe but we are to shout in name of Christ, with love and compassion. Unifying the body of Christ to stand tall and not shrink. Our nation now more than ever needs Godly men and women to stand tall and stand firm on the word of God.