Posted by: pastortomvabeach | September 10, 2019

Thought For The Week September 15, 2019

On the past Sunday, we celebrated the overwhelming blessing God gives us in allowing us to join Him in creating new little human beings.  Kid’s Day is always a fun time here at our church.

That morning I spoke about setting priorities so we can serve God with our families.  The idea is that walking with the Lord is something we want to share with others so that we can bring them along, especially those with whom we are closest, our families.

As I thought about the presentation, I wondered if single adults or those who are temporarily separated from family due to military service, school, employment, etc., might have felt left out since I was talking so much about doing this with your family.  So I want to add to this thought something that fits everyone, regardless of your current situation.

I did mention Sunday that the Bible and it’s directions was written almost entirely to groups of people rather than to individuals.  The Ten Commandments are all about how to have right relationships with God and with other people.  The Great Commandment tell us to love God above all else and the second, which is like it, says to love others as ourselves.

Faith in Jehovah God in the Old Testament is almost always portrayed in the context of family, tribe, and nation.  It was given to a large body of people who were set apart to live together for God.  By the same token, New Testament faith in Christ was taught by Jesus in the context of a group of apostles.  The church started in a room filled with 120 people waiting for the promise of the Father.  The early church flourished meeting in one another’s homes and reaching out to bring others into the fold.

Everything I said on Sunday about serving the Lord with our family also applies to anyone who finds themselves apart from natural family for whatever reason.  Every one of us can and should live out our faith with other Christians.  This is why we have local churches and many local churches have small groups of members.  We are meant to share this life Jesus gave us with others.  How else will we rub up against people to remove the rough edges and really grow spiritually?

Where else can we actually demonstrate the love that Jesus commands in the second commandment?  He said that the world would know that we are His followers by the way that we love one another (John 13:35).  As we learn to love one another, warts and all, we also grow in being able to love those apart from Christ so that they, too, can join this great family of God.

So where Joshua said, As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, (Joshua 24:15), you can apply that to you and your friends, you and your classmates, you and your neighbors, you and your co-workers, you and anyone really that you want to bring along with you on this fantastic journey of serving the Lord.  Who will you take with you?  Just a thought.

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