"Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the Lord."
(Ezra 3:8 KJV)
The summer is over and the delay is past, it is time to do the work Our Awesome God intended us to do. This delay wasn't a long one, only a few months. But any delay in doing the work God intends for us is too long, isn't it? Since we don't know how long we have left on this earth. For the remnant of God's returning people, it was time to build the temple and lay the foundation. For God's adopted children, it is time to put new programs in place and find better ways to spread Our Awesome God's Word to all the world, especially those people around us. Are you ready to run the race again?
We have all these gifts that God has given us, gifts that are not all meant for ourselves, they are mostly meant for other people. What better place than your church to use them? Do we really need for everyone to know we took the trash out at church? God will know!
Our Awesome God wants most of us to use the quieter gifts, the less visible, the less obvious ones, the willingness simply to help, to pitch in and do the job that nobody else is willing to do. These are the ones we need to help to fulfill our responsibilities to Our Awesome God and to His Son, Jesus Christ, who gives us joy and thankfulness for a job we know He helped us do. He even gives us a crown in eternity.
Vacation is over and it is time to stop delaying. So get on your knees and ask Our Awesome God what He wants you to do this year. Attend the planning meetings for Sunday School, for Bible Study, for the Women's Organizations or the Men's Groups, choir, etc. There is a place for your gifts. Even if they include the trash or calling others, you are special in God's eyes and your gifts need you to practice them.
People may forget to say thank you for your gifts and the use of them, but God doesn't forget. He loves you!! You might even be able to change jobs as Our Awesome God always has something for you to do!
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Let's see what we can do and learn!
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
(Colossians 3:23 KJV)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)
..."From the beginning, God instituted work. 'Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it' (Genesis 2:15). The very first thing the Lord did with Adam was to put him to work for his own benefit. It was not a curse. However, after the fall of Adam, work was included in the curse and was made more difficult. Work is so important to our daily lives that God commanded us to, 'work six days' (Exodus 34:21). In the New Testament, Paul was even more direct concerning work: 'If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either' (2 Thessalonians 3:10). God's Word implies that there is dignity in all types of work. It does not elevate one honest profession above another. Jobs are not merely tasks whereby workers can earn money; they are also a means by which workers can use their talents and abilities to develop character—godly character.
The life of Daniel as recorded in the biblical book of Daniel
illustrates eight characteristics that made him a good ...'
"1) Work as if working for the Lord. We actually are serving the Lord in our work;(Ecclesiastes 9:10)...
2) Be honest. Employees should not give cause for their employers ever to question or doubt their honesty...
3) Be faithful. Godly employees need to establish goals of being faithful and excellent in their work and work habits...
4) Be a person of prayer...
5) Honor employer...(1 Peter 2:18).
6) Honor fellow employees. Wherever there are employees there will inevitably be office politics...
7) Verbalize his or her faith. Daniel verbalized his faith in God to those around him...
8) Hard work must be balanced by other primary priorities of life: relationship with Christ, spouse, and family...
The most important question people can ask every day is, 'For whom do I work?' If the answer is anything or anyone other than the Lord, the biblical principles of work are not being applied. God's Word has given some very direct principles concerning work that all Christians should know and observe." Extracted from the Web: "Biblical Perspective of Work," Crown Financial Ministries, author not named.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill