One of the statements in bold print is not a cliché. Do you know which one?
If you don’t know where you are going, neither driving faster nor farther will help you arrive.
In the Christian faith and in the church, we often assume that increased activity means increased effectiveness. As a result, we engage or participate in many well-intended classes, ministries and programs but never grow except in exhaustion. Paraphrasing the old country western song, “Work your fingers to the bone and what do you get? Boney fingers!”
The temptation is to assume that the antidote for this is to slow down, but reducing the pace in your faith activities is not necessarily the answer. In issues of faith more folks rust out than burn out.
The answer, my friend, is not blowing in the wind, but instead is the result of a fresh breeze from the Holy Spirit flowing from teaching of scripture into our hearts and minds. Scripture tells us that where there is no vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV; That means if there is no evident purpose, you are spiritually dying. Aim for nothing and you’ll hit it every time.
The North Shelby Baptist Church Family has a very clear and concise stated purpose for our actions. The church’s vision statement “Loving God and One Another, Sharing Jesus with the World” is not a cliché (oops, I gave it away) but a biblical command that reflects the church’s mission verse, II Cor 4: 5 “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
We have a major church event coming in June and. I invite you to become involved. This is not just one more activity that I hope you will find space in your schedule; it is an event that is crucial to the church’s mission. I am talking about Vacation Bible School 2018, June 11-15. Sharing Jesus with the world means sharing Jesus with Shelby County. VBS is about the vision and the mission of the church. This is just as much a mission project as a trip to another part of the country or to another continent. We still need volunteers and we need people praying daily for not only the children who will be attending but their parents as well.
This week I encourage you to do the following:
- Pray for VBS 2018
- Invite children in your neighborhood.
- Ask God if you should volunteer to serve.
Your interim pastor,