It Starts With Me
[Scott Moore, ECC Lead Pastor]
Let 2013 be the year we experience personal revival!
We exist to make disciples that Love God, Love People, and Reach the World. (Matthew 22:37-39; 28:18-20)
Things possible in 2013:
- seeing family and friends surrender to Christ
- witnessing those who are vile and wretched do a complete 180 toward Christ
- the homeless population will go down due to your help & care of those in need
- seeing our own children grow up and give their lives over to Christ
- new children will be born
- marriages will begin
- some marriages will heal
- finding our purpose in ministry
What if we made a “to-do” list for 2013?
What would it look like?
Our lives are busy..and all of these Post-It notes represent all of the many things we must do on a daily basis. It's too much. We try to prioritize. But that leaves us with several things as the top priority. By definition only one thing can truly be priority. What will be our priority in 2013?
It starts with me (ownership), but it begins with Jesus (priority).
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42 ESV)
Martha didn't think it was fair that Mary wasn't helping. And Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Martha was so busy with her to-do list that she couldn't rest or even slow down to listen to Jesus.
If you listen to Martha's voice you wont hear kindness or patience. You hear frustration and angst. Yes, there were real results from all of Martha's doings. But was there much fruit (peace, patience, gentleness, kindness..)?
Are we like Martha?
Have we redefined our relationship with Christ by what we DO rather than what He has already DONE?
Don't misunderstand, our actions prove to the world that we love them. Our work for The Lord, with pure motive, IS an act of worship. But we need to keep the main thing, the main thing.
“One thing is necessary”
One thing have I asked of The Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (Psalms 27:4 ESV)
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13, 14 ESV)
One thing is necessary..the words and presence of Jesus.
Our children, as babies, can't understand our words but they are comforted by them. Likewise, even if we don't understand all of the words of our Father, His presence can still comfort us.
But in order to hear and feel that, we MUST spend time with Him.
Spending time with our Father IS our priority.
Before our service, before our giving, we need to abide..THEN the fruit will come.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 ESV)
No matter our age or how long we've been a believer..all of us can get distracted. We can loose sight of abiding in Jesus.
Here are some basic, but helpful, ideas to get us back on track:
- set a time every day for Bible study & prayer (make it a standing appointment)
- set a place (try to have the same place everyday)
- use a reading plan (this helps you know and look forward to the next day)
- pray (it sounds simple, but make a point to talk to God and listen to Him)
Join us in a church-wide fast beginning Sunday Jan. 13 and ending on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.