Sunday, February 27, 2011

Held Together for Christ’s Service

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  –Ephesians 4:16 (KJV) 

A number of years ago while serving a congregation in another state there was a man in my church who loved gospel music.  He drove an old pick-up truck that had a cassette tape player and he always had numerous cassette tapes of gospel music on hand.  The only problem was the way he kept those tapes.  What he needed was a type of box or holder for his tapes, but he preferred instead to keep them in pile on the seat beside him.  I once had to take a brief trip with him in his truck and while I enjoyed the fellowship and the gospel music, each time he stopped at a red light a few tapes would fall to the floor.  He didn’t seem to mind, or notice, so I didn’t say anything.  Apparently he had simply gotten used to this disorganized style of keeping his tape collection. 

That story reminds me of the way that many people go about their lives.  They lack organization and are drifting along.  They are probably aware that changes need to be made to make them more productive and efficient, but for whatever reason they continue on as they are.  The Word of God reminds us that since we have come to faith in Jesus Christ that He is able to hold us together, every aspect of our lives, in wonderful and powerful ways.  Is your prayer life disorganized and haphazard?  Christ can empower us to focus on our time of prayer.  Is your time spent in the Bible something that seldom takes place and when it does you really don’t know what to read?  The Lord will give us power to so focus on His Word that we can apply it daily to our lives and store its truths in our hearts.  Is your service to God in the church half-hearted?  Christ can help us to become totally committed to Him. 

Let us not settle for hap-hazard, disorganized, and lifeless faith, but rather let us seek the Lord with all our hearts and become all that the Lord intends for us to become.  Through faith in Jesus the power of the Holy Spirit can transform anyone to become a vibrant and solid witness for Him in the church and community.  The Lord has called us to the abundant life in Him.  He has not called us to complacency and apathy. 

The time to rise up and get serious about serving Jesus is now, and with God’s help we can accomplish anything the Lord calls us to do.  Be waiting, be ready, and be available to serve the Lord.  The opportunities are all around us. 

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