One of the most difficult things in life is to deal with people. They come in all shapes and sizes, have all kinds of attitudes, and bring with them a variety of gifts and skills. When we meet someone, we quickly put them into a category: either “I like them” category or “I don’t like them category”.
We base our decision upon many factors: the way they look, the way they act, the way they respond to us, where they are from, their ethnic background, whether they have money, or what they have achieved in life.
When we rely upon our carnal nature, this is how we classify people. But this is not how Christ said we should look at people. He said we are to accept one another just as He accepts us. We find this hard to do because we confuse the word acceptwith the word approval. We accept everyone because they are made in the image of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross for everyone. But just because we accept somebody and recognize that they have value, it does not mean that we approve of their behavior. We should accept the alcoholic as someone who has value but we should not approve of his drinking. Only by accepting him and showing him love can we have the opportunity to change his behavior, introduce him to Christ, and get him to stop drinking. Often times, as believers, we expect unbelievers to act like Christians. They are not going to do that.
We need to love and accept everyone. Again, this does not mean that we should approve of their behavior if it is outside of the will of God. Our goal is to introduce them to Christ and let Him change their behavior. Let us start looking at one another through the eyes of Christ. He saw each of us as worthy to die for. Show someone His love today.
What a great day Easter Sunday was! Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to make it possible. Especially, the Socials Committee and the kitchen crew got up at 3-4 o'clock in the morning to cook breakfast for us. Good job.
I am excited to tell you that our two new buses that we bought last August are paid off. They cost about $93,000 and thanks to the generosity of the Fee Fee family, that debt has been retired. What a blessing. Now the only debt we have left is what is owed on our Family Life Center. What began as a debt of $2.1 million in 2008 has been reduced to about $98,000. Praise the Lord! Let us join together and retire that debt, so that once more we can be totally debt-free. Our church has always been a very giving church. There are some of you who are new members to our church within the last few years who may not have known that you can give money to help retire this debt. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute to help paying this off, I would encourage you to do so. The more people who give, the quicker we will get this done. I am confident that the Fee Fee family will take care of this responsibility just as we have every other. Thank you for your wonderful generosity.
God continues to bless us in so many ways. Come join the fun.
See you in church,