Thought for this Week:
At the beginning of this year I shared four suggestions for possible NY resolutions in 2017, they were as follows:
- Suggestion 1: Show Jesus you are for real!
- Suggestion 2: Commit to be consistent in your commitment to the church.
- Suggestion 3: Make the most of the people you love.
- Suggestion 4: Be expectant.
Here are my thoughts around Suggestion 2: Commit to be consistent in your commitment to the church.
I suggested five ways but there are more.
Attendance – When I was a young child I observed my parents – parenting in essence was no different then as it is now, it had its joys and challenges. But one thing I observed, my parents never left anything get in the way of their commitment to others and to the church both supporting and encouraging.
Don’t let the busyness of life distract you. Many things can fill your life and push out time for God and others in the church community. You are valued and your absence leaves a space no one else can fill. The devil will make sure we miss fellowshipping together. Our human nature will conspire against us fulfilling the call of God. This year make attendance with your fellow believers a priority.
Giving – Giving is about finances, time, emotions and many other things. Giving can be exhausting and costly. But we need balance in both the emotional and material and so as we consider our commitments, lets hear the Holy Spirit speak to us. Through the leadership, through our fellow believers, through God’s word, in our prayer times.
Sowing seed in God’s Kingdom will always bring fruit. So giving of money, time and resources into the Kingdom, the church of God will always bring fruit into our lives.
Helping & Hospitality – Those around you may not always notice your help, but God always sees it. Hospitality and helps is crucial in your walk.
Worshipping – Delight in the word of God and prayer – very often this is the part no one sees in secret. This includes your prayers, your giving and your thought life. Develop your potential in your relationship with God and then bring what you experience in your quiet time into the church family. Your spiritual life is important. Lets make this a year of breaking into what God has for us. Healing, spiritual gifts
Loving – This is a toughie and its not always returned!
Verse for this Week:
Galatians 6 v 7 -10: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers’.