Thursday, August 27, 2009

who we connect with

Philippians 1:5 (nlt) --- for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

I am amazed at the partners that God gives us.  Some of them I see and know and even expect.  But there are others that I do not see nor do I expect.

The Apostle Paul said (in the verse above) that we have becoming partners in spreading the good news of Christ.  That is what it is all about.  For a leader to interact with or partner with ideas, situations and most of all people that are not going to build the kingdom is just flat out wrong.

Not this not about leaving people who don't know Jesus.  It is about making sure that what we are doing is guiding people to the kingdom.  God didn't save us, equip us and call us to wipe noses and to make people feel better.  But as one dude said and I love, God has called us to be "brokers of HOPE."  Nothing less.

But when we choose to spend our energy on things that will not build the kingdom, we are watching time, effort and resources.  Therefore, we must pray for wisdom and boldness.  Further, we nee to ask God for relationships, partnerships and people who we connect with that will point more folks in His direction.

Philippians 2:2 (nlt) --- Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

People, there has been way too much conflict for years among Christian people.  For way too long people have know what the church is against instead of knowing what we are for.  It is time to clarify our calling from God and be about His business.

Who we connect with is awesome.  Lately I have been blessed with friendships that have made me stronger and look closer as my leading but most of all to make me walk closer with Jesus.  I have seen God bring people to The Community Fellowship that are making this church stronger and more on task for demonstrating the love of God to our community and beyond.

Lets look for the connections.  Lets build those connects.  Lets make sure who we connect with is making a huge difference in the people we meet each day.  Pray with me, "God help me build others and be built by others so we all become more like Jesus.  Let us see those who we connect with as the real gifts that you have given.  In Jesus' name, Amen."

Proverbs 27:17 (nlt) --- As iron sharpens iron,  so a friend sharpens a friend.

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