And, this weekend, yesterday and today, will be our final few days to really prepare for all that is coming up this week. I know that brother Everett will be well prepared to do a great job with our gospel meeting. I also am positive that all of us, all of you here, have done and are doing all you can to help this be a great effort in reaching out to our community with the gospel of Christ.
But, with all of this, I do have a question...how excited are you about us hosting this gospel meeting? Are you “really” excited? Are you as excited about this meeting as you would be about getting to go see George Strait? Are you as excited about this meeting as you would be about getting to go on a fishing trip, go to the State Fair, a Quilt Show, a car collectors show, an arts and crafts show? What about going to see your kids or grandkids play a ball game? Are you as excited about this meeting as you would be about that? We must remember, our excitement is something people see in us, not just something they hear about us. It is very obvious to others when we are really excited about something. We are influencing others one of two ways, either TOWARDS something or AWAY from it. We must remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16 where He said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
So, again, how are you affecting the lives of those around you concerning our upcoming gospel meeting? Are you influencing them in a positive way or a negative way? It is really important that we really think about this because, sometimes we give a bad impression when we really don’t want to or intend to. We must always be very careful how we respond to all those around us concerning all things having to do with the Lord’s church and its activities. So, brethren, have a great Lord’s Day and, Lord Willing, we will see you all this Wednesday evening as we begin our gospel meeting.
Until next week, I love you all,