Good morning everyone. Don’t forget to start with prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, speak to me.
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 22:37-39, 28:19-20
The 5th of our 8 core values at The Bridge is:
We value a balance of the five purposes (Evangelism, Worship, Ministry, Fellowship, and Discipleship) and believe that this balance will help create church health.
I have a son. Jackson. He’s two years old. He is almost 3 feet tall and weighs in at about 31 and ½ pounds. I fully expect that in two years from now that Jackson will not be 3 feet, 31pounds. He will grow. We will feed him, he will play, and he will be healthy. And healthy things grow. If he has not grown in 2 years, I’d better be concerned. There must be something wrong with his health.
The same is true in the life of faith. As Christ-followers, God intends for us to grow and mature. And there are certain principles of the faith that will help us grow. If we practice these principles, we should develop in our faith – we will love more, serve more, worshp more, etc. If are no different today than we were 2 years ago, we need to evaluate our spiritual health.
There are at least 5 basic purposes for which God has created us. A healthy balance of development in all these 5 purposes will lead to our own spiritual health and the health of our churches. These 5 purposes are found throughout the Bible. You find them above in Matthew – the great commandments and the great commission. If you want to know more about these purposes, keep reading my blog over the next 25 days. Or get a head start by getting a copy of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life.
Discover your purpose in life. Get healthy. Grow. If you’re not growing, evaluate. And ask someone you know to be a dedicated follower of Christ how you can grow!
Have a great day!
Good stuff so far with the devotions. I’m enjoying them.