We had our monthly Board meeting last night at Britton Christian Church. I announced that we will not have any Sunday evening activities from now until the Fall schedule begins in September. I told our Board that we are making plans for a great Fall and that I wanted to challenge them to do two things. After I got home last night I began to think about the challenge and the thought hit me that this challenge needs to go out beyond the leadership of our church to all of us who are followers of Jesus. I want to give you the same challenge I gave our leaders. The challenge is two parts.
First of all, I want to challenge you to pray during the next three weeks for the Lord to show you one way that you can be a blessing during the Fall semester. You don’t have to be a theologian to be a blessing. You don’t have to know Greek and Hebrew to be a blessing. You don’t have to make a “good” living to be a blessing. You don’t have to have a college degree to be a blessing. You don’t have to have some extra time on your hands to be a blessing. You don’t have to be a good public speaker to be a blessing. You don’t have to have any of these things to be a blessing, but you do have to have a willing heart to be a blessing. I want to urge you to pray, “Lord, will You show me one way that I can be a blessing throughout the Fall?” I know some friends who were a blessing this past week. What did they do? Well, one group of friends took the time out of their schedule on Saturday morning to help a single woman move into a new neighborhood. She had been broken into two earlier was having a hard time sleeping or even being in her home. These friends came to her aid and now she is sleeping like a baby at night. What a blessing!
Another group of friends took time out on a Sunday morning to give up their own time of worship so they could go downtown to feed the homeless and lead them in worship. What a blessing! How will God use you this Fall to be a blessing?
My challenge consists of two parts: The second part of the challenge is this: Pray for the Lord to show you one way you can consistently stay in His Word each week. Last night when I was speaking to our leaders I took a water bottle and held it up as if I was pouring it out. I told them, “If someone was thirsty and you gave them a drink, how would you keep from running out of water?” The answer is quite simple, water has to continue to fill the bottle. And so it is with you and me. If you are going to commit to serve this coming semester then you must have some resource to continuously fill you up. The only way for us to continuously be filled as we are pouring into the lives of others is to stay in God’s Word. I want to urge you to pray about getting involved in a small group Bible study. We have many Bible studies that meet throughout the week that I would love for you to get involved in, but if know of another Bible study that you would want to join then by all means get in there and get busy studying God’s Word.
Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well when He told her that there is a difference between drinking the water that we are use to drinking and drinking of the Living Water that only Jesus can provide. Jesus said,
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 NIV)
How do you stay consistent? How do you keep from becoming “burned out?” The answer lies in the verses we just read. For us to commit to a life of servanthood, being a blessing, we must drink deeply from the well that will never run dry.
I hope that each of you will accept my challenge and begin to pray about these two things. If you would like to get together to talk about opportunities to serve or Bible studies that are available for you then please contact me and I would love to sit down and talk. I will promise you that if you will accept my challenge and begin to pray–God will lead you and bless you as you bless the lives of others.