Change is part of life, and as we continue to live into the future and minister to the community that we have been given — learning how to deal with change and grow through it is part of our calling. Jesus was a master at it. In fact Jesus never stayed too long in one place– He was continuously looking for new opportunities to serve, to find that person in need, to bring the love of God to someone in need. His calling to us is the same thing. “How are you taking my message out into the world and allowing it to make a difference in the world around you?”
Think about your relationship with Jesus- it starts off slow and we have a wonderful feeling of how good things are in the beginning. We like going to church and praying, and we are active in our faith life. Then we go through a few seasons and it becomes a routine and we just go through the motions. We go to church and we pray, but we tend not to look for the wonderful opportunities that God is placing in our path everyday. We tend to talk to those at church that we have grown close to and we focus on the ministry that we have at church . When we do this, we miss all the opportunities that God is giving us daily.
How is God inviting you deeper into a relationship with him and with those around you? It is summer and a great time to look at the way that we are serving our fantastic God and how are we living out this relationship that we have been given. Are we looking for ways of sharing it with others and inviting them to join us on our journey? How would we answer the question “What have you done with the talents that I have given you?” ““But Lord ,I didn't know you gave me talents. He will answer, “the talents that you have been given, were given for a reason, ‘For the greater good of all’ – you were only put in charge of them to decide how they would be shared.” It is the way that we share them that will make disciples of all nations. We will live out God’s calling that we are to share the gifts that He has given us to build up the body of Christ here on earth.
God wants us to continuously seek out the lost and forsaken. If you know someone in need of a visit or a card or anything please let me know.
Want to see a miracle?? Take a seed and put it under several inches of dirt. Give it water, light and fertilizer and get ready. A mountain will be moved and the seed will push back. Every year this miracle takes place a thousand times over. Plants grow and move mountains to do it. As far as I know it James was not a farmer but he knew the power of a seed in fertile soil.
“People who work for peace in a peaceful way, plant a good crop of right-living for God.” Peace is like that tiny seed—it is really small when it is planted, but it will work against all odds to move mountains. It will spread to places that we could not imagine.
Plant a word of love heart-deep in a person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens… Never underestimate the power of a seed.
In Christ’s Love,
Rev. Stephen W. Barch