Monday, August 22, 2011

the main thing is JESUS

"Whoever shows the most in a person's life will win the battle of influence." --- Matthew Barnett

"But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through."  — Francis Chan (Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God)

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." --- Mother Teresa 

Those sayings aren't just something to make you feel good or to motivate you to do something.  They are from the heart of people who have put themselves on the line to serve others.  It is almost like the old saying "put your money where you mouth is", yet I believe the question really is are we doing what God has called us to do?

You see, I have been involved in church since before I was born.  It is the truth.  My family attended Ranch Acres Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We have since moved a few times since then.  But church has been part of who we are and what we do and the people that we care about.  Church is part of our culture for so many American's.  

But has the church and her members gotten so comfortable that we have stopped doing what God has called us to do?  I am not trying to be controversial or start a fight.  I am trying to say that it is time that we adjust what we are doing so we are where God wants us to be doing what God wants us to do.  That is a mighty big thing for most churches.  We call our traditions having church.  Often we would still have our worship services even if Jesus didn't show up.  That hurts.

You would agree that church is the people who God has saved.  We are one big family in multiple locations.  We don't all look alike, talk alike, act alike or often even don't like each other.  Do we look like Jesus?  When we don't look like Jesus or do what Jesus did, we better make some changes.

Do you agree?  I am simply asking each of us to take some time to make sure we are making the main thing the main thing.  That is JESUS.  No questions asked.  This is NOT up for discussion.  JESUS is what life and church is all about.

I am going to leave you with a couple of Scriptures on my heart today.  Spend a few minutes examining where you are.  Then make the call.  Be like Jesus.  Do what Jesus would do.  And make sure the main thing in your life and in the church you are part of is JESUS.

If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

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