March 1, 2020

What Does God Require of Us?

It’s not about me, it’s not even about us … it’s about the kingdom! Really? What does that mean? What are we supposed to be doing?

Never will all Christians agree on every detail. But as Christians – aka – Gospel believing, Jesus chasing, serving a living Lord people – there are some things we must agree on. There are some basics that do not leave wiggle room. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth, fully human, fully divine; lived a sinless life, died for our sins, rose again and returned to heaven; now sitting at the right hand of the Father – a mediator for each believer. Standing unified in these tenants, we have His kingdom work to do.

All too often we look around, we do not see anything we feel qualified to do. We have all kinds of excuses … we are too busy, we are too old, or too young, we have other responsibilities, we are not trained for that, we already have too much on our plate, the list goes on. In every situation, for every person, God has something for us to do. I have read the Bible through - many times – and not once have I come across a retirement plan. But as long as we are breathing on this earth, we are not at the finish line.

God Has commanded (imperative tense) (Matthew 28.19) that as we go about our daily lives, we are to be making disciples. That means so much more than inviting people to church. Some may think, “my faith has nothing to do with work – work and faith are totally distinct things, and faith is not to intrude into the workplace.” The thought is I work Monday through Friday – church is for Sunday, and maybe Wednesday night!

This is the error of compartmentalization, and the gospel does not give us this option. Work is part of a Christian’s calling. God’s commands apply to all of life, not just some of life. We are to do all that we do to the glory of God, for as long as we are here. Are you a disciple of Jesus? If not – it’s time. Today is the day.

Love and Prayers

Pastor Deb