Sunday - September 30, 2017

Giving Our Best:  Being Real, Being Present, and Being Faithful with Others

 

Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.         (Hebrews 10 - NASB)

 

Look to your right, to your left, in front of you, behind you. Those are real people. Throughout this building and throughout the community we see, pass by, and recognize that we are surrounded by real people. They aren’t perfect people. They may not be gifted, or funny, or clever people, but they are real people and they are the people that God has led us to and led to us. Why? 

  • Coincidence? Accident? Randomly?
  • Set up?
  • Purpose/ Reason / Expectation/ Opportunity

 

After saying to us that we are have confidence in the atonement of Jesus (that he has saved us), and that we should let the Spirit draw us near to this gospel so that we may repent and be saved, and that we are to make a confession in him as Savior AND Lord, the next thing we should consider (give attention to and fix our eyes upon) is how we may work together in our relationships to live together in love and act faithfully with good deeds.  In other words we are not to just think things that are consistent with scripture, nor are we to just believe them to be true, but we are to act with the same kind of love and good works that God has acted on our behalf. 

 

Rewrite of v24: Let us give our best to God in real relationships by letting God’s love for others fill us and by letting our love spill out in actual service and ministry.

 

We give our best to God in relationships by being real, being present, and being faithful with (all) others. (fake/absent/ )

 

Are we giving our best when…

  • We use our time in Kid’s City as our weekly workout?
  • We are so twisted up by the morning or the week that we can not make ourselves approachable by others who are hungry to know us and to share life with us?
  • We respond to all questions of concern with “I am fine!”?
  • When we use all of our best energy and ideas on our hobbies/obligations rather than to help others?
  • We evaluate our relationships with what we get out of it rather than what we put into it?

 

We are to stimulate/provoke/irritate others with love and good works (service) in order to create the climate of people who both concerned with obeying the scriptures and convinced that God actually knows what He is doing by giving us the church as a place for us to be nurtured and supported as well as a place for us to be equipped and released for ministry to others. It is a reciprocal act of faith on our part - stimulate and be stimulated by others through relationships that serve.

 

We are not just Christians standing alone and trying to make it in life. We are saved to live in Christian community so that together we may serve others in a way that builds up and blesses the kingdom of God that has come in Christ.

 

Close: Jesus, Mary and Martha   (love and good works)