Is the world a messed up place

Is the world a messed up place, are there broken marriages, homes, people, children?  The world at its worst needs the Church at its best! The troubled world around us can be transformed by the believing Church.

I do believe the healthy, vibrant and alive Church in Christ, is the answer to the world’s problems.  And as Christians our participation and attendance is a vital key as a witness to the world.  The reality as we bring our time, energy and money into the Church, it also builds the Church into the resource that it is meant to be to the broken world around us. I have seen it over and over again, “You will quickly lose interest in Church if you have got nothing invested” And the one certain and true fact is that every single person who attends either contributes to the well-being of the Church or the damage of it.

The main identity of the Church is not in its formal structures.  Church is built with you and me, God’s people.  So its identity is found in relationship with Christ and one another.

It is vitally important for a disciple of Christ to be consistently present at the gathering of God’s people for worship, word and fellowship.  In Church we build relationships of freedom, encouragement and care as the basis from which we serve each other. That is the place that we contribute to the health of the Body as a whole.

The Church is a living organism, it is a body. And if you refer to yourself as a Christian or disciple of Christ you and you want your relationship with the Father to grow, it is indispensably important to be a part of the living, dynamic, growing body.  The reality for me is that you can find spirituality in solitude, but I know for a fact that your spirituality can only be fulfilled in the context of community

THE ILLUSION THAT EARTH IS OUR HOME

 

Well my friends,

 

We come into 2015 and the year has hit and is rolling along at full steam.  As we have been through the holidays, perhaps blown our budgets on holiday and at Christmas with all the turkey, trees, toys and tinsel I would like to remind us all of the blessing that comes with the discipline of honoring the Lord with our tithes, giving and offerings.

 

Matthew 6:10-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

Consider what Jesus is saying: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.” Why not? Because earthly treasures are bad? No. Because they won’t last.  But when Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it’s not just because wealth might be lost; it’s because wealth will always be lost.

 

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

 

There are many roadblocks to giving: unbelief, insecurity, pride, idolatry, desire for power and control. It’s considered “normal” to keep far more than we give.  But, I am convinced that the greatest deterrent to giving is this: THE ILLUSION THAT EARTH IS OUR HOME.

 

Remember

Money can buy medicine, but it can’t buy health…

Money can buy a house, but not a home…

It can buy companionship, but not friendship…

It can buy entertainment, but not happiness…

It can buy food, but not an appetite…

It can buy a bed, but not sleep…

It can buy a crucifix but not a Savior…

It can buy a good life, but not an eternal life…

 

So why not give, whether in finances, care, compassion or material help, know that giving becomes an extension and expression of giving to Christ.  Jesus said and meant it when He declared, “giving is more blessed” than receiving. That’s not just a pretty idea. It’s a law of life. Said our Lord: “Give and it will be given to you; good measure; pressed down, shaken together, running over” (Luke 6:38). God is no person’s debtor, whether spiritually or materially.
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May the Lord bless you, as you apply this scriptural principle in your life.   Love Andrew

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