“We are to persevere for His Purpose”
1 Corinthians 15:58 ”Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain”.
Last month I discussed our purpose given to us by our Creator: We were created to accomplish good works with the talent He has given to each of us. As the “Body of Christ” we are to be His feet, His eyes, His hands, and His heart as we serve the church and spread the Gospel to this lost world around us and to be in service for His Glory. When we are truly engaged, our good works will bring Glory to Him reflecting His goodness and mercy.
However, truthfully speaking for myself, there are days and stretches of time, like this past year, where I get depressed at the slow comeback of our church from COVID in both attendance and the number of those willing to step up and serve. The saying is true that there is strength in numbers, but when there are too few shoulders to support the strain of difficulty, one can’t help but feel like we are losing the battle. Part of the problem for me and I do believe for all Christians living in a “fast food” society, is that we want results and gratification now. What I have to realize is that Christian life does not promise immediate results. Sometimes it can take years to see the fruits of our labor…if at all.
Thank God for scripture! Paul’s words of encouragement are there to let us know our works, if done according to His will, will not be done in vain. I have to remember that God will keep His promise that he will never leave or forsake us in our times of need. There is always hope in the resurrection of Christ! And, that one day, on earth or in heaven, we will see the finished work. God is not going to give up on us in the work He started in our lives and with those around us.
You are still needed!
Please come and help the ministry of God’s work at BBC. All are needed in every capacity from working with children, youth, administration, flowers, deacons/deaconess ministries, outreach, evangelism, audio/visual, Choir and worship. Let us all fight the good fight and be steadfast in our convictions for His Glory.
Sunday Evening Rehearsal Schedule
5 pm – 6 pm Praise Team Rehearsal
6 pm – 7 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal
7 pm – 7:30 pm Men of God Rehearsal
Jon H. Vosburg lll
Music Director/Bethlehem Baptist Church