What would your congregation look like if everyone was just like you? How many people would be brought to Christ if each member did exactly what you did? How joyous would the singing be in worship if everyone sang with the level of passion that you did? How bright of a light would shine in this community if everyone helped the same number of people that you help? How many teachers would be needed if everyone taught as often as you did? How great would our fellowship be if everyone attended the functions of the church with the level of consistency that you display? What would our attendance in Bible class, worship and evening worship look like if everyone attended as often as you did? It is great to dream and plan for ways to make our influence on this community better. However, let us never forget to set the example. “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:7-8).
Troy Rogers via The Watchman
We talked last Sunday morning, on that first day of the New Year, about the “new beginnings’ we long for and that we are given by our God, not just on New Year’s Day but, every day of the week. The Lord has blessed us all with a New Year, the question is, what are we going to do with it? There are some basic Bible truths that we must seriously apply to our lives if we are truly concerned about saving our souls eternally. Troy’s article is simply discussing how these are to be applied to one’s life. These truths are:
1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt. 22:37).
2. Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:39).
3. Live pure, holy lives before the Lord (Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 1:15).
4. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (importance of the church) (Matt. 6:33).
5. Study to show thyself approved unto God (2 Tim. 2:15).
This last one refers specifically to knowing God’s word - not just knowing about it but knowing it deeply. Knowing the books, the topics, the teachings and how they apply to our lives right now today. It means knowing God’s word and how it is to be the basis for how we live our lives. But, also knowing it to the point of being able to share it with others as well.
So, as we are one full week into our New Year where are you and what are your plans concerning your relationship with Almighty God?
Until next week, I love you all,