My friends, I pray all is well. As we enter the last month of the year, I
know you will begin to think about resolutions for the new year. However, before the year end, I challenge you to become an active participant in ministry.
I remembered back in late September of this year, there was a guest preacher at church, Rev. Leon Slatter. The theme of Rev. Slatter's sermon was "Christianity Is NOT A Spectator Sport". Rev. Slatter preached that as Christians we must not be spectators, but we must be participants. Active participants, that is. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told His disciples, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria and in every part of the world."
Jesus commands us and expects us to obey his command to go to every part of the world and spread the gospel. In other words, we cannot be servants of Christ and not serve others; serve others by telling them about the good news of Jesus Christ; serve by helping a family in need; serve by giving a stranger an encouraging word of hope; serve by tithing; serve by telling someone about the free gift of salvation; serve by providing fellowship. My friends, if we are to be the servants that God wants us to be, we must get out of the comforts of our homes; get out of the comforts of the church walls and serve.
I am challenging you, as you begin to ponder your resolutions, to put God first on that resolution list, put service to God, service to others, service to your community, and service to the world on that list.
Therese from Belize