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A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey…June 2018

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey…

  Recently I found myself in a conversation with a Pastor and his wife about their church. That is not unusual for me. But, as we talked, he mentioned that one of their members said to him, “What programs can we start to help grow our church, Pastor?” Hmmmm...

  I have long believed that it is not “programs” that will “grow” our churches—it is Jesus! As I briefly commented to this sweet couple, if we show people Jesus in the way we live, in the way we speak, and in the way we teach, more and more will be drawn to HIM...and then to the local church to be discipled and to serve as they learn to know HIM better and better.

  It is the living Jesus Who meets the needs and solves the problems of mankind, not the church. If the church were the answer, then why did He even leave Heaven to come to Earth and live among us and die for us...and rise again??? If the church could “save” us, then His death was senseless. The world already had plenty of “religion” that was not working...because it was based upon works! What we needed was a love gift from God—His only begotten Son—extended to us through mercy and grace. He also left His Holy Spirit to live within us when He returned to Heaven, so that we wouldn’t flounder around without Him. God Himself lives within each and every believer and He loves others through us with His compassionate, unending love! The church doesn’t save people—Jesus does!

  Serving the church is not the right motivation for living, either. Remember the parable of the Good Samaritan, where busy church people passed by a victim’s needs because they didn’t want to be late for church? Serving Jesus, Who said, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me,” is to be our only motivation.

  Early this morning I was one of 2 billion people who watched a “royal wedding,” which included the surprise of a gospel message on the power of living by the love of Jesus Christ. The world was challenged to imagine a world like that. How about it, Church? Shouldn’t we, of all people, be the ones to start that? That is not a program. It is BEING...the Church, the Bride of Christ!

Marsha Cook, Director               


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