GET TOGETHER- WHAT A GIFT
1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NKJV)
Well today I hit seventy-two. One way I knew it was because I had an appointment with an ENT. He had to remove a piece of rubber that had come off of one of my hearing aids from my ear canal. Praise God that he did a pain free, quick, and efficient job. Talk about an answered prayer!
I want to thank all of you that have wished me a happy birthday today. And if you haven’t don’t feel like that you have to do that. Some days I may miss some people’s birthday on Facebook that I really love and care about.
God has blessed us with so many people in our lives that have been and are so special to us. From wonderful teachers, Pastors, mentors, friends, people that I played high school football with and against who are now my brothers in Christ. I am so thankful for the family that I grew up in. I am thankful for J.J. and the family that God has given us. I am thankful for the family that I married into. I am thankful for the churches that the Lord has allowed me to Pastor, and also for so many brothers and sisters that God has allowed me to work with across denominational lines here in the United States and in five foreign countries. I know that I am leaving many out, but to be honest I could write a good part of the day and I am sure that I would still leave some out.
In writing to the church at Corinth the Apostle used 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 and 14 to teach about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the way that they were to be exercised in the church. It is my belief that he used Chapter 13 what we often refer to as the love chapter to stress what the motivation and attitude should be for those that operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
In verse 13 Paul lists the abiding gifts that abide in all true believers in Jesus Christ all of the time. they are faith, hope, and love. The Greek term for love here is agape. It is a benevolent love that expects nothing in return. What love is this that we can love others without expecting something in return from them? I just want you all to know that we love you, and that we don’t expect anything in return.
I want to thank the Lord for Christians who loved me when I was not saved. I want to thank you for loving me and for praying for me. I was in a very dark place. I thank God for that prevenient grace that kept me from dying and going to hell until I came to that point of repentance from my old sinful lifestyle and gave my life to Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. But more than that thank you for loving me enough to pray for me that I would not remain in that lost condition that I was in.
I may have friends, relatives and others who read this that may have not come to that place in your lives. I want you to know that I love you. I know that God loves you. And I pray for you that at some point that you will come to that place of surrender so that you can experience God’s forgiveness and transforming power here on the earth. And that we can all live together in eternity forever and ever.
Two years ago, the Lord had me to step aside as the Pastor at Christ Community Fellowship. However, I don’t believe that God calls Christians to ever retire from serving God. When I read what Jesus said in Lu 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”(NKJV) I take that to mean that we are to keep our hands on the plow until the Lord comes back for us, or until we go home to be with Him.
I told the Lord if He would keep me in good health, I would serve Him until He calls me home. Here is part of my bucket list:
• To see all of our friends and relatives know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
• To see a Holy Spirit Awakening in this nation.
• To see people set free from addiction.
• To see families once again be put back together as God originally designed them to be
• And yes, there are some places and friends that I wouldn’t mind visiting should God make the time and for us to do it.
Thanks for listening to my heart today. Thanks for being our friends. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Thanks for all of your prayers and the way that you encourage us. We love you all !