Imagine with me that your job on a ship is to polish the ship. One day your ship is sinking slowly, would you continue polish the ship? There is no right answer to this question. If you answered you would continue to polish the ship then you would be doing your duties. If you answered no then you are probably trying to save the ship. What is more important is that we continue to do something . The world is on their way down if they don’t look up and believe in Him, then they are on the way to hell. But we can’t feel like the ship is too far gone. We have to continue to polish the sinking ship to show the other people onboard the ship, that even when everything is falling apart and sinking, we still trust in the Lord. That is why you continue to polish the ship or try to save the ship even when it is sinking. The importance is that we need to show people we believe in God. Most of the time doing these things we do every day that to us seem mundane, but it is to show others in our workplaces, schools and everywhere that someone cares about them. God cares about them and everything they do matters. The world is sinking and we must try to lead people to the cross. That when the ship finally does sink they will not die the second death and live forever more with Him. This is why it is important to do the mundane and show the love of God in our workplaces and schools. So this week let’s remember to shine the light of Jesus everywhere.
This week let’s start off with the verses where David was anointed King of Israel. “And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” 1 Samuel 16:12-13, 19. Here is what I want to point out in this passage, he was anointed king then he return to the sheep. I think that he went back to the field to be with God. It also shows that he was not in any hurry to get to the throne. He wants God’s will to be done. That is why he is called a man after God’s own heart. David is an example of how God is not in any hurry to take his kingdom back from the devil. He wants as many people to know Him as possible. David was called to be a king but first he was called back to field. Sometimes we need to go back to normal life even though God has given us a glimpse into our future. We need to change the way we live to fit the direction He has shown us. We go back to be with God. He will sometimes show us things that are coming but we need to grow our relationship with Him before the battle. Let us look at the next chapter when he defeated Goliath. Defeating Goliath doesn’t start with stepping onto the battle field it started with the comment to God in his heart. He didn’t defeat the giant, God use him as a vessel to defeat Goliath. We have to be in the field with God and the sheep to get our hearts right with God. Then God can use us as a vessel to lead or to take out a giant . It’s all about the heart not the way we throw the stone. We forget who is the hero of the story it is not David or Goliath it is God. So this week let’s slow down and be with the Lord..
Like we talked about last week, we as a church have become too complacent because, it has been close to 2000 years since people have walked with Jesus. We would rather stay in four walls and fight about whether we should listen to contemporary music or hymns, read the King James or all the other versions. When 3,865 Languages need Bible Translations. They’re not going to get the King James Version ,they just need a version of the Bible. We need to stop fighting over the little stuff as long as we don’t disagree on our core beliefs, we should be able to be the church. We don’t need to be boycotting other Churches because they don’t use your version of choice and don’t listen to the same music. Something that I decided to think ,was that I would not consider any other Christian website as a competitor but, as fellow labor’s. I have thought about it like that since the beginning of this website, if the church thought about it like this we wouldn’t have a problem with the church,I mean Christian people as a whole, not being the church. If we were not separated in separate churches imagine how much more we could do if we would come together as a church. We could make a movement like the first church made reaching so many people that did not know about Jesus. We need to be the church that reaches people who have needs and meet their needs, then give them the gospel. This is one of the best ways to give the gospel to someone by setting a good example of showing the light of Jesus through serving. Henry Morton Stanley an atheist reporter who followed David Livingstone across Africa, started as an atheist and left as a Christian. David Livingstone really showed the light of Jesus through serving. So stop fighting about things that won’t matter when we get to heaven, go be the church and show the light of Jesus through us
Imagine that your friend found a cure for cancer. It could be cured for free to you and everyone. Now imagine again that everyone in the whole world had cancer but your friend had died to find the cure. Would you not want the whole world to know there was a cure? But the first step for the world to be cured of cancer would be for them to know that they have cancer. In this illustration sin is cancer and your friend is Jesus. The first step to cure sin is to admit that you have sinned. Sin is anything that brings sadness to God’s heart, anything that God did not design. Sin is a mutation due to Adam and Eve eating the fruit that God told Adam not to eat. But we have the cure for death by sin, the cure is Christ. And for too long we as the church have been hiding in four walls. We have become complacent as a church because Christians have been at this for 2000 years. Revivals are great, but we do not need revival, we need an eternal flame. We can not burn out, we must pull from the greatest oil base ever known to man. We must pull from the one who created all the oil and who can create more. Oil to keep the fire in your heart from burning out. The fire is your passion for God and the only way to have an eternal flame is to have as much oil as you need for the day. Not how much we need for that one hour or two hours a week that we are in church. If the average lifespan of man is 78 years and there are 52 Sundays in a year ,then the average man spends about 4056 hours in church if they never missed a Sunday. If you never missed a Sunday or Wednesday the total would be 8112 hours in church. Compared to 490,308 hours out of church. This is why it is so crucial for us to read the Bible and pray daily but it is not about the hours spent in the Bible, Prayer, and Church. It is about your friendship with Jesus. We must not think about it like we think about everything else, where the more we do the more our friendship with Jesus grows, it is about faith and not as much about action. But our most important mission is to tell others about Him so that they can have an eternal fire too. The most important thing anyone can do is to make sure they know Jesus and to make sure that all your friends and family know Jesus too. So be sure this week that you know Christ. Remember also that we have the cure for sin for the world, we must make sure we do not hide the cure in four walls this week. Let’s remember that you might be the only Jesus someone may see or the only Bible someone may hear. So let us make sure that we are not waiting for revival or the end of time to refill the oil in our hearts, that we may have an eternal flame that lights the way for someone to find Jesus. We cannot give anyone Christ ,they have to be led by the Spirit. Remember to read your Bible and pray each day this week to keep the eternal flame burning.