Christianity means that change is possible. It is possible to become tender-hearted when once you were callous and insensitive. God is the deciding factor in making us what we should be. This frees us from fatalism that tells us change is impossible. His commands always come with freeing, life-changing truths. See Ephesians 4:32-5:2.
When the prodigal son came to his sense he was aware of 2 thoughts:
- There was plenty in his father’s house.
- He himself was famishing.
These 2 truths apply to us all:
- There is abundant grace with God.
- There is utter destruction on our own.
Mercy and forgiveness are found nowhere else.
For the son who was hungry, it was the super abundance of the father’s house that attracted him home.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17
Know God better. That’s probably the greatest need in the Church today.
We can always know God better. “Knowing about God” and “knowing God” are not the same as “knowing God well.”
Knowing God well means knowing what God is really like–how He thinks, works, and feels about YOU. It means having the eyes for the WORLD that God has. It means sharing God’s JOYS and His PAIN.
The “Lord’s Prayer” is actually the “Disciples’ prayer” because Jesus did not need to pray for forgiveness.
It’s truly a “model” prayer because he says this is HOW you should pray, not this is WHAT you should pray.
It contains 6 petitions. The first 3 focus on God; last 3 on human beings.
- Hallowing His name
- Advancing His Kingdom
- Enforcing His will
That’s interesting and surprising because God wants us to pray about concerns that focus on Him that He is perfectly capable of doing without our asking Him to do so. But God chooses to operate in response to our prayers.
- Give Daily bread
- Lead us not into temptation
How often do I/you focus on anything BUT these 6?
The purpose of time spent with God is to build a deeper personal relationship with Him. As we spend time with the Lord, we grow in love for Him and are transformed more and more into the image of Christ.
The people I know who have the most vibrant faith have built their lives around a consistent time spent with God.
A disciplined daily devotional life is a MUST for a growing Christian. You don’t build a love relationship by staying away from the other person.
I have never met a person who regrets the time set aside for a daily meeting with the Lord.
It is important that church leaders be happy in their work, that we “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2). A church experiences love through the happiness of its leaders. Hebrews 13:17, “[Your Leaders] are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
Indeed, it is a joy to serve First Christian Church and serve our community alongside the FCC family.