- You must do,
- You choose to do,
- You are gifted to do,
- You are commanded to do,
- and called to do.
And that they should all be done for the glory of God.
Then he asked what we (as individuals) had done to glorify God's kingdom. Had we been pew potatoes? Knowing what we should do but failing to do it? Sometimes it's hard to sit in the pew without squirming. He asked us to evaluate our life. What are we doing? Not as much as we should. Why? Because of time. Time that is spent on other things. Things that don't count. That are a waste. We're all guilty. We get tired. We think we deserve a day off. A day of lounging, doing nothing. We don't go to church. We don't help with Vacation Bible School. We don't use our talents. We don't want to do whatever the something is and we assume that someone else will step up to the challenge. The list is long.
This week we are to evaluate ourselves with respect to --
- Worship - It's internal, not external. It's what's going on in your heart.
- Fellowship - Are we extending ourselves to others?
- Discipleship - Are we teaching others? Are we an example?
- Ministry - Are we involved in a ministry?
- Evangelism - Are we sharing the gospel?
He used a great analogy. He asked if we were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence of our Christian faith in our lives that we could be tried in a court and convicted?
I took notes today. That always makes the sermon more meaningful for me. As I had my Bible open to the scripture verse, I noticed that Chapter 3 of Colossians is Rules for Holy Living and Rules for Christian Households. I know what I'll be reading this week.
I also know that whatever I do this week, I will do with a purpose. Will you?