When each of us were born, we were created with talents and abilities. We are to use those talents and abilities to make a contribution while we are here on earth. We were not created to just consume resources (eating, breathing and taking up space). God designed each one of us to fulfill a plan and a purpose.
When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you were called to a ministry, or a service. Ephesians 2:10 says, “God has created us for good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do.” Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes.
At the end of our lives, we will each stand before God. He is going to evaluate how much you served others with your life. Let’s think about this for a moment. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared to how much time we invested in others. At this point, all of our excuses will sound hollow. “I was too busy. I had my own goals to accomplish. I was trying to have as much fun as I could. I was busy preparing for retirement.”
God will then say, “Sorry, wrong answer. I created you and instructed you to live a life of service. What point did you not understand?”
I would like to invite you to our new sermon series for June, “Preparing for Service – Stop Making Excuses”. Further information below.
June 2: How to Make a Difference in Our Lives (Acts 10)
In order to reach others and make a difference in the lives of people around us, we have to let God lead us. We will not be able to make a significant, eternal difference on our own. We all need God’s help. One thing that is comforting to know is that God is here with us. God is willing to equip you and prepare you for a ministry in serving others. When you are walking with God and obeying Him, He will give you the strength to reach out to those who need Him.
June 9: Prepare to Serve (1 Peter 2)
For spiritual success we must pay attention to our diet and desire. What is your spiritual destination right now? Are you allowing God to teach and guide you for His service? What about your diet? Are you filling your spiritual life with junk food, or are you feasting on the rich, pure milk of God’s Word? What about your desires> Are you a man pleaser, or are you a God pleaser? Spiritual success is tied to a secure destination, a strong diet, and a sincere desire to please God.
June 16: Personal Preparation to Serve (Exodus 19)
Personal preparation is required to be successful in our service to God. It necessitates seeking Him with an undivided heart and mind. It means not allowing anything else, no matter how blessed or wonderful, to distract us from preparing to hear from God.
June 23: A Growing Relationship with Christ (1 Corinthians 4)
A growing relationship with Christ will lead us to greater service. Paul challenged the church to get extreme. He was not telling them to be extremists, he was challenging them to be extreme and authentic servants of Jesus Christ. He indicated to them that genuine Christian living resulted in serving others. Are you ready to allow God to help you do what He has planned for you to do?
June 30: Stop Making Excuses (Philippians 4)
People have a habit of making excuses. You can call it justification or rationalization, but no matter what you call it, it’s still an excuse. Unfortunately, a lot of people make excuses when it comes to matters of faith. “I’m too busy to pray.” “I don’t read the Bible because I don’t understand it.” “I would get right with God, but I feel I have sinned too much and He won’t forgive me.” No matter where you have been, no matter what your have done, 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Let me personally invite you to our Sunday morning services at 10:45am to learn more about how God can encourage and equip you for service to Him.
In His Service,
David Nowell, Pastor
Castlewood Baptist Church