March 31, 2017
by Pastor Mark McAdow
In life there are many times we question the will of God. What does God want me to do? Am I fulfilling His will for my life? On Wednesday evenings, ten First Church men are working through a resource called Operation Timothy. It's an opportunity to explore life's great questions concerning our true purpose in life. We recognize many of us never stop long enough to consider our real purpose for living in Christ.
As we asked the question of purpose last week, I heard several men respond it was to be a good husband and father, a provider and protector of our family. These answers reflect important roles and responsibilities. I then rephrased the question and asked, "What is our purpose as a Christian man?" Is it different? I believe it is. We have a much higher purpose that involves The Great Commission.
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 28:19-20)
It's been rightly said, Jesus last words should be our first concern! Am I investing my life in producing disciples or am I solely interested in becoming one on my own? We're not truly disciples until were investing in another's spiritual life.
Christian author Paul Little has written in his book, Affirming the Will of God,
The will of God is not like a magic package let down from Heaven by a string...The will of God is far more like a scroll that unrolls every day...The will of God is something to be discerned and to be lived out each day of our lives. It is not something to be grasped as a package once for all. Our call, therefore, is not to follow a plan or a blueprint, or go to a place or take up a work, but rather to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to follow Him daily.
God's will is perfect every time -- whether we understand it or accept it initially. It is always perfect. Unlike Mankind, God makes no mistakes. God's motives are always pure and true. God loves us each of us with an everlasting love!
Remember the words of Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Keep your eyes on Jesus--He always has your best interest at heart!
In Christ's Great Love,
PS - Come join us this Sunday as we celebrate "Christ in The Passover" with our Jews for Jesus friend, Shoshannah Weinisch form New York City! We will discover the richness of the Jewish Passover again as we celebrate Holy Communion together in Harris Hall. Blessings and Shalom!