Do for the Glory of the Lord

What we do or will do is to Glory the Lord. We can look and see that probably more than we would like to admit never was very glorifying to the Lord. Even when we look to Scripture and are reminded that in Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord Himself says- “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
 
For most people we feel that we have to do something that brings us closer to God. However, in contrast it is actually not what we do but why we do it.
 
It can be honorable and even logical to do something but the question becomes why do I do it. There is a difference between doing something that we believe is of the Lord and doing something that we know is of the Lord.
 
We are all guilty at times of doing but the question is-was it unto the Lord? So how do I distinguish between the two?
 
Anyone can be busy in doing. It is simply ritual and nothing more than habit. Yet in contrast to do as unto the Lord identifies and acknowledges a major change in for whom and to whom am I doing this for.
 
When we do, whether consciously or unconsciously, things that Glorify and proclaim the truth of the Lord then we are on solid ground. Therefore, when those same conscience or unconscious events occur and we are the focus of the recognition, being our wants and desires, then we are not able to Glorify or proclaim the truth of the Lord. We are simply doing what we want and not what will Glorify the Lord.
 
It is difficult to do but something we must strive for and that is to get out of God’s way and let Him use us for His Glory. Paul told the Christians in Corinth in his first letter in chapter 10 verse 31 “Whatever your do, do it all for the Glory of God.”
 
A thought to ponder.
 

– Pastor Elbert Nasworthy



“Why I Attend Church”

The following is an article written by Thom S. Rainer (President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources) on why he attends church:
 
“In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as joy—a place where I can give and serve, a place where I can focus more on others rather than myself.

I could name many, but here are ten reasons I attend church.

  1. I attend church to serve others. There is so much greater joy in serving than seeking to be served. I have many opportunities to serve when the church is gathered. Those opportunities are my gifts from God.
  2. I attend church to encourage others. We live in a world of incredible digital communication. But there is still something irreplaceable about gathering together. When I encounter someone in person at church, I have an opportunity to encourage him or her in person as well.
  3. I attend church to encourage my pastor. I doubt many of us know how much our pastors serve us and love us seven days a week. The least I can do for my pastor is to be there in person when we gather as a church. I know it encourages my pastor, and I want our pastors to have that gift of encouragement every week.
  4. I attend church to state my priorities. If I am able to go to work, to go to school, to go on vacation, or to watch or be involved in a sport, I can attend church. I desire to have a “no excuse” clause in my life for attending church.
  5. I attend church to participate in worship. There is something special and Spirit-filled about worshipping together with other Christians. It is both an opportunity and gift I do not take lightly.
  6. I attend church even if it doesn’t meet all my needs. If I say, “I am not getting fed spiritually,” it likely means I am not hungry spiritually. If my church does some things a bit differently than my preferences, I realize I am there, not as a consumer, but as a giver and one who has been called to put others’ needs before my own. No church is perfect. No worship style is perfect. No pastor is perfect. And neither am I.
  7. I attend church with frequency, not on occasion. It is my prayer to be in my church every Sunday. When I am out of town, I can find another church to attend. I pray I will never say, “I need a break from church.” I certainly don’t want God to take a break from me.
  8. I attend church to set an example for my family. Couples have healthier marriages when they attend church. Children grow up with countless benefits because their parents took them to church. I need to show the importance and priority of church attendance to those I love.
  9. I attend church because the Bible tells me to do so. Two-thirds of the New Testament is about churches, specifically gathered churches. The words of the writer of Hebrews in 10:24-25 are powerful: “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and more as you see the day approaching.”
  10. I attend church because I love my church. I love my church. I love my pastor. I love the members of my church. I love the community my church serves. If I love someone, I will be there for them. I truly love my church.

It is becoming increasingly common to see church attendance as just another activity, an option among many, a place to get consumer preferences met, or an occasional gathering to hide in anonymity.

It has become increasingly popular for some to argue that church attendance is not a high priority because the building is not a church, the people are. But those people are supposed to gather. Indeed, they are commanded to gather.

I love to attend church. I attend church for these reasons and many more.

I thank God for my church.



A Servant

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” – Romans 1:1. As I read this verse this morning, I had to pause. Paul was a servant for Jesus. He served Jesus with all that he had, and he did so with such passion. If you keep reading, Paul says that he is “eager to preach the gospel” (verse 15). He is eager! He cannot wait to preach the gospel to these people! Now we may ask, “Why or how is he so eager?”. Paul responds to that in the next verse as he boldly proclaims, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (verse 16). He was so eager and ready to share the gospel because he was not ashamed. He had nothing to be ashamed about and neither do we. Paul states in 2 Timothy 1:12, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed”. Notice here that Paul says “whom” not “what”. It is not about what we believe but in whom we believe in! As believers in Christ, we believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We believe that we are saved in and through Him alone. For “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to son and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Paul was a servant of Jesus. Are you? If not, how can you be a servant of Jesus today?


Give Thanks

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble” Psalms 107:1-2 ESV

 

Now that the new new year is upon you and you think back to the past year you can and should give thanks to the Lord.  Thank Him for His goodness and love which was past provision and for His not yet experienced love today which as the verse says endures forever.

 

As one redeemed I want to say so, that God has ever failed me, He’s never failed me yet.  His love is beyond my comprehension but not beyond my recognition.  I recognize each day that He provides, directs, loves and I want to say so.

 

Take the time to say so today.  

In God’s Grace,

 

Pastor



A New Year

“The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.””
Psalms 110:1 ESV

 

There is a very important point to make here as the Lord God is speaking to the Lord Jesus our Savior in a very intimate moment inviting Him to sit at His right hand.  A position that denotes prominence and special recognition.  This glimpse into Heaven by the Psalmist provides us with a picture of the intimacy of the Father and the Son.  This same intimacy which because of the Son He offers to us as His creation.  Not to sit on His right hand but worship Him forever.

 

It should not be difficult for you to recognize that God loves you.  He has told you so time after time and made promise upon promise to assure you and encourage you.  Yet because of sin and it’s power you regularly listen to the wrong voice.  You commit sin and then fail to recognize it until it has taken control of you.  That sin that so easily beset you is now that sin that consumes you.

 

So how do you deal with sin?  In 1 John 1:5-10 ESV the Apostle said “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

As you start the new year of 2019 pause today and continue every day to deal with sin and stay in the light.  Remember that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
 

Happy New Year

In God’s Grace,

 

Pastor