Spectator or Participant Christians

This we have heard: “I am a born again Christian and I am happy that my sins are forgiven and I go to church on Sunday because I like the fellowship!” We ask: “Do you not go to put yourself in the way of spiritual blessing?” The answer: “No, I am saved and I do not need anything!” We ask: “Have you offered to witness, to pray, to encourage, to assist, to participate in your church’s life and outreach?” The answer: “No. My church seems to get along very well without my help!” Brethren, this “non participation” kind of faith is a strange parody on Bible Christianity. Men and women who say they are believers just cancel themselves out. Is it something we have learned from the sporting events?-the great majority are spectators. They come and sit! If there is any true spiritual life within us, God will give us a gift of some kind and the humble soul will find something to do for God!
— A.W. Tozer, Christian Theologian

One of the greatest things we can do at Living Hope is participate in church for our Living Hope, Jesus. Every member should look at their role as a vital part of the body of Christ. Each person has a job to do. Do you know your assignment? Are you actively working on your assignment? Do you need more training? Or are you looking to be asked to do something by our staff? I think about the Book of ACTS, the first true church. It was never about a building or even about one main leader. It was about everyone being fully engaged in reaching the lost, training the newborn believers, and being used by the Lord with their Spiritual Gifts. You have probably heard the expression, “It takes a village.”  No one really knows the origin of where this saying comes from. Some people believe it is an African proverb. The Bible has its own Proverbs. Things like:

Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

Proverbs 27:17 “As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.”

Did you know you are never alone? We first have the Lord Jesus to be our help in everything we do. Plus we have the church family to help us accomplish His Will. I believe if the Lord is behind it…it will happen!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Today’s devotional by A.W. Tozer really spoke to me. I hope it spoke to you as well. When we feel we are a part of something, especially something eternal, it truly will change our life.

Thank You CHURCH for being such great participants!
Pastor Troy

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