Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What Really Matters?

Here's a staggering statistic: 53% of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day. 

So how is it that we, members of the richest nation in the world, don't even think we're rich? 

After pumping gas or shopping for groceries or budgeting for family vacations, we catch ourselves casually saying, "I'm so broke!" 

But here's the sickening reality: We are rich. Filthy rich. 

Everything we have is not our own; everything we have is a gift from God. 

Our richness can be a real disadvantage. We have so much stuff that clouds our vision of who God is and distracts us from pursuing His purpose. But God intends to use our blessings to bless others in need around us!

God's definition of what really matters is clear: He measures our lives by how we love.

"And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing." - 1 Corinthians 13:2-3  

God can change the world with hearts that are radically in love with Him. 

He's not interested in what you do out of obligation; He desires your heart and your affections for Him to be behind every decision you make. 

God can change the world with true love - love for people that echoes the love we're shown by our precious Savior. 

Can God use your submissive heart to change the world around you? Can He use you to make an impact? 

This week, pray for opportunities to honor God through your service, giving to those in need and serving your brothers and sisters in Christ, either physically, monetarily, or through your heartfelt prayers to an eagerly listening God.

There are countless opportunities to serve within this Body, whether it's helping out in the nursery, or helping park cars, or serving this summer at VBS, and countless other opportunities in our community as well.   

Let us be the humble and compassionate church God has intended us to be. 

We'll see you tonight for MidWeek Worship as we continue on in our Checkpoint series working through the churches of Revelations ch. 2 & 3. Join us at 6:30 PM following the 5:30 PM MidWeek Meal!