“The Time for Planting and Rebuilding is Now!”

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.


The month of May. Can you believe we are now 5 months into 2022! At the end of next month, we will be ½ way through the year!! My question at the moment is… what is the status of BBC now compared to pre-COVID? Unfortunately, our congregational participation is, quite frankly, anemic. How I pray every day and every night that we will fill our Sanctuary pews with people joyfully singing praises to our Savior. Now, most of you know I am a positive guy, but I feel lethargy and complacency have taken hold of our church and churches similarly all across America. Post-COVID, I feel we are like turtles who have withdrawn into our shells wondering whether it is safe to come out. In some cases, I am afraid, we have become comfortable within our shell. This can be dangerous for many reasons.


We Are Accountable

David Jeremiah was recently talking about the crowns we will receive at the Bema Seat where Jesus will say hopefully to each of us…’Well done, good and faithful; servant” as one of the faithful in building God’s Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light”.


Or, heaven forbid, the Great White Throne Judgement where God himself will decide the eternal fate of souls.  Jesus warned…Matt 7:21-23 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’


Think about the magnitude of this verse. Within this group were people who self identified as Christian who were doing something, but for the wrong reasons! What about those who sat back and did nothing to further the Kingdom of God?


God’s Kingdom is at Hand

Back to Ecclesiastes 11:4-6. Here in these verses, a Farmer is holding off planting because of foreboding storm clouds or even just the possibility of inclement weather that may thwart his effort yielding a crop that is worth his time, effort, and money. God’s word reads that we are to forge ahead, make an earnest effort and stay vigilant not knowing what the harvest will yield. One thing for sure, is if we do nothing…then we can’t expect anything to come to fruition.


This is where we need to listen to God, become proactive, and examine ourselves to know we are building up his church; reaching the lost for Jesus.  I pray we get back our “passion to serve”. We have no excuse. While at VCU I studied with a renowned Czech cellist, he told me about bombs being dropped for days on end during WWII. Afterwards, a moment of peace would come when he along with other musicians would gather for those few moments, in the evening, under the safety of darkness, to play the music they truly loved. That’s passion!


To our BBC congregation, Brothers and Sisters, please become passionately engaged once again. Invite your family, neighbors and friends to join in worship and to hear God’s word, filling our pews once again with joyful praise. Further, each and every one of us has a talent to be used by God. Get “plugged” into various parts of our church whether it is working with the children, deacons/deaconess, administration, outreach and, of course, consider being part of our Music Ministry and Worship Team.


Jon H. Vosburg lll   

Music Director/Bethlehem Baptist Church