This week we have been looking at the three things the Bible tells us we are to be passionate about. We are to be passionate about God, passionate about Christ’s church and passionate about reaching the lost. This is what Jesus meant when he said, ““You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” John 15:16
The fruit Jesus is referring to is our relationships with those who are as yet outside the church. God loves them too and wants them to come to know him. And one of the joys and privileges to be his followers are to represent him. . We are called to be his everyday ambassadors and that’s a big deal.
If the President of the US were to ask you to be his ambassador to a foreign country, that would be a big deal. Being Christ’s ambassador is an even bigger deal. The King of the Universe has asked you and me to represent him as his ambassador. Like the first century disciples Christ has sent us out to take the initiative and make friends and influence people on his behalf. People are LOST without Christ. People are headed to hell if they aren’t surrendered to God’s will for their lives. And because God loves them he sends us out to bring them in. So how are we to do this?
Look at 1 Peter 3:15-16 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” Everyone one of us is called to live our lives with a passion for God, a passion for the Church and a passion for the lost.
It all starts with our being passionate about our relationship with Christ. Love God and others with all heart, soul, mind, and strength. We love because He first loved us.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,
A lightning strike destroyed Carl Junction Methodist Church, where our youth stay each year when they going on Spring Break mission trips. This is the second time the church has been destroyed by a natural disaster. A tornado struck Carl Junction in 2003, leaving congregation members without a permanent facility for two years. Pastor Bill Kenagy says they will still hold church services this Sunday at the Carl Junction Schools' Stark Performing Arts Center Auditorium at 10am. Please pray for their recovery and if you would like to make a contribution to their rebuilding fund make your checks payable to C3 with Carl Junction in the memo line.
Be sure to pick up your KID-FEST Yard sign this Sunday at church, place it in your yard this week and then return it after KID-FEST. Thank you!