August 28, 2019
This past Sunday we talked about the importance of each person doing their part. This acknowledges that each of us are created uniquely. We are created in the image of God, which gives us the ability to make decisions. Unfortunately, we don’t always think like God, so our decisions don’t always reflect God. But when we spend time in God’s word and in prayer, we become more like him, in our thoughts, actions and decisions. The call to all of us is to use the uniqueness that God has created in us to be a blessing to those around us. It seems that sometimes the easiest thing to do is to be self-focused and look out for me rather than others - what I want, what I think, what I feel, and when I want it. Jesus tells us “if you want to be my disciple you must take up your cross daily and follow me”. The cross that we need to die to daily is self.
In preparation for this coming Sunday we are going to be talking about being sent. You can read Luke 9:1-9 and Luke 10:1-24 in preparation for Sunday. What are you taking with you as you are being sent?
This week I had the privilege of a conversation with someone who has been a dear friend, mentor, encourager, role model and so much more. One of the things I was reminded of in the conversation is the affect we have on others, and it takes a godly heart, one that has been shaped and molded by Christ, to look out for others more than myself. It was a great reminder to me that the sum of my life is much greater than me, and much less than me. Meaning, I need to remind myself daily to have the attitude of Christ and not think more highly of myself. I also need to remind myself that because of Christ I have tremendous value. Not because of what I do, but because of who I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5 says it well, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old is gone and the new has come”.
This coming weekend begins the major event in the community. Not only is it major, but if we aren’t careful, we elevate it to God in our lives…The Fulton County Fair!! The fair isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s a great thing. And we have great opportunities to share Christ and to spread the message of Christ. If we don’t focus on doing that, more than likely we will miss doing it. I encourage you to not stay away from the fair, but instead have a plan on how you can go to the fair and have the opportunity to meet people and share Christ with them. Meet people in a setting where they may let their guard down, and you can share Christ in a way that meets them in their greatest need. The easy thing to do is to go to the fair with a “me” focus. There are foods that I want to eat at the fair. There are activities that I want to see at the fair. The fair is my enjoyment time, my vacation time. My, My, My, Me, Me, Me. So I would encourage you this year that as you go to the fair, to go and enjoy the fair, see the sights, smell the smells, hear the sounds, taste the food, but most importantly make sure the people you meet are introduced to the Christ you know. Trust me they will; whether you want them to or not.
After the fair is over, we will begin a new worship service on Saturday evenings. Feel free to invite your friends, family, or people that you meet at the fair who are looking for a nontraditional way to worship the Christ that we know. The service begins at 6 p.m., will be informal, contemporary, inviting, relevant, and encouraging in your walk with God. Pick up a card in the office and hand them out.
A couple of mornings ago, before the sun came up, I was on a run. As I was running along, I noticed a lot of little bunnies hopping along the trail. Some would sit along the trail watching me go by, others would hop across the trail and disappear into the weeds, and still others would hop down the trail in front of me. All seemed to not have a care in the world. They were well fed, had plenty of water and plenty of cover from predators, all they had to do was enjoy their existence. I was reminded of the passage of scripture where Jesus says look at the birds of the air and how carefree they are. Look at how the lilies grow and have such beauty. And all of it because of a creator who cares and loves us all. So, I remind all of us to remember to take time to bask in the presence of the one who created us. We don’t deserve anything that we have, he gave it to us out of love. I hope that you know how special you are and how much you are loved.