This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Spiritual Hoarders – Greg Laurie
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many”
I would describe myself as a micro-hoarder. I save pretty much everything, especially drawings that my children or grandchildren created for me over the years. But then I save random things, such as a single cord to a device I no longer have.
My wife, Cathe, will pick up a cord and say, “What does this go to?”
“I don’t know,” I’ll tell her, “but one day I may need it.”
So, I throw it in a box, where they are all tightly wound together into a big ball of cord madness. But every now and then, I find the very cord I was looking for.
I also save single socks, by the way. If I happen to lose one sock, I will save it in case the other sock returns somehow.
But some people are serious hoarders. We’ve seen the shows about them on television. Over the years, they have stacked books, newspapers, and magazines from floor to ceiling and collected weird junk.
Now people are hoarding other commodities: toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
I think Christians, too, can hoard. I’m not talking about stockpiling reading material or paper goods, however. I’m talking about when they look at church and think, “What’s in this for me? How are you meeting my needs?”
Jesus said of Himself, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 nlt).
A real mark of spiritual maturity is that you no longer perceive church, thinking about how you can be served. Instead, you look for ways to serve others. You have skin in the game. And that indicates you’re growing spiritually.
I guarantee that as you focus on helping others and ministering to others, you will be blessed.
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Crisis Prayer Topic: They will perish, but You will endure
In Psalm 102, the psalmist moves from pouring out his complaint before the LORD to declaring the LORD will shall build up His people and shall hear their prayer of distress.
“For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer” Psalm 102: 16, 17
Pray we would be reminded that the will of the LORD God shall be done. Let us ask for His will to be done in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in our church. Pray for his will to be done concerning those who cause His people to groan as prisoners. Pray for His will to be done in our country and among our country’s leaders.
Ask the LORD to strengthen us in our prayers and petitions to Him. That we would not grow weary in our daily devotion to Him and our daily praise of Him. Pray we would ask and receive a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit each time we pray to the LORD. To pray in accordance with His will and His way.
Praise the LORD that He is unchanging. He is the same and His years have no end. For this we ask that we would continue as His children and our descendants will be established before the LORD as well.