Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Just as the basis of unity is found in Christ, so is the foundation of Christian living. It is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we are redeemed. It is because our relationship with Jesus Christ then, that we live. Paul is calling believers to a lifestyle. The Christian life is more than a series of do’s or don’ts. It is a full transformation in the way which someone lives. To do anything in the name of Jesus is to act consistently with who He is and what He wants. Paul says, “in word or deed” referring to the entirety of one’s life. Paul is saying with one’s entire being they should live for Christ. That is to say, our life’s most meaningful (lived rightly according to God) when we live with the right understanding of who Jesus Christ is. Every action, every thought, every word is a testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ. In a matter of seconds one can be a positive witness for His work or a negative witness. We must live ever conscious of the impact that we can (and should) have for the sake of our Lord.
In the community that we have here with Custer Road, we are surrounded by those trying to be positive witnesses to for the Lord. Likewise, we should be doing all that we can to be a positive witness for someone looking in, not yet sure how they fit in here. Being “All In” for Christ is just that. Understanding that we are representatives of Him on this earth, and need to constantly grow with him, so that when someone who doesn’t know Christ, can see and visibly understand how he can work through our lives. God is calling all of us here to be evangelists for Him.
One way that we can do that is through our finances. With that being said, God doesn’t ask us to give everything we have to someone with nothing and take their place on the streets, because that would be very extreme. What he calls us to do is use the finances that many of us have been blessed with. He wants us to use them for something that will create a ripple effect of the Lord’s love, far beyond what any of us could ever comprehend. Now some will consider this choice to serve but, will do nothing. They’ll feel the tug of possibility, the longing that could lead to great things but, think that’s not for me, that sounds too much like work. It shouldn’t be that way. We should have an unwavering desire to do the Lord’s work. Although that my look different for all of us, thinking of excuses not to doesn’t get anything done, there will still be people who have yet to meet Christ.
As you begin to take steps of service, you will quickly find it isn’t a lighthearted and carefree parade. There will be times of intense joy, deep camaraderie, and great fun—but, also times when fatigue and discouragement are part of the experience. Humbling yourself and serving is tough and it’s easy to want to throw in the towel when things don’t go as planned. God doesn’t want us to give up. We need to use our resources to continue growing the Kingdom to all corners of the earth and that starts here.
This whole thing, the idea that we need to grow ourselves and grow His Kingdom and use what we have to help others, All of it starts here. It starts with me. It starts with you. When we understand what needs to be done in order to make Custer Road UMC a place where a stranger can come in, and be known; where an enemy can come in and be loved; and where a sinner can come in and be forgiven.
When we make this place somewhere that is full of hope, then and only then, we can begin to reach out, we can spread his love to the city over, then the state, then across the country, and hopefully the world. But, it starts with us. We are needed to make the stranger become known; we must be the ones to love on the enemy; and we have to share our own faults, and let the sinner know that they are forgiven. It won’t just happen. We have to make it happen. Nothing will change and no one will know Christ, if we all expect someone else to do the job. Whatever we do, whether isn’t the words we say, the things we do, the way we live. We must do it in a way that shows the love of Christ in an incredible way. We must live our lives so much for Christ, that it is evident that nothing but the love of God could do that.
We have to be ALL IN. We can’t sit back and let someone else to it. We can’t be supervisors to someone else’s labor, we ourselves must do the work of the Lord, so that we may see his glory.
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