In Revelation 3:8, we are reminded that at times God sets before us "an open door, and no man can shut it:" to which we have a responsibility to act. Are we going to trust the One Who gave the opportunity to supply all the needs associated with the open door? Are we going to give Him control of our time, talents, and treasures so that others can be blessed by our obedience? Are we committed to following Christ, wherever He leads? Are we committed to mentoring the next generation for the future harvest that is sure to come from those open doors?
Sadly, many times we are satisfied with the status quo. We are content in our own little world. We are comfortable in our own castle, following our own daily routine, leading about our own plans, and fulfilling our own fleshly desires.
What are we missing when we do this? We miss the thrill of the will of God! We certainly miss the overwhelming satisfaction of the provision of God in hard situations. We miss the chance to develop deep relationships with those God would bring into our lives to train for the work.
What doors has God opened to you for service? Never let the fear of the unknown keep you from doing something amazing for God!
As I reflect on the past year here at Rose Hill Baptist Church, I am reminded of the blessings of Church Family. We have already made so many wonderful memories with God's great people and truly count them as family. It is amazing how we have bonded in such a short amount of time. I could not imagine life without these people in it. You may wonder how such a deep bond can come about in such a short time. We share this common bond because of our common relationship in Christ.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (Ephesians 2:19 KJV)
It is this household of God that allows us to experience God's love toward each other. Being His children, we realize the love that the Father has for each of us and can love and accept each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. His love makes this possible. We are reminded of this truth in I John 4.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (1 John 4:7-8, 11 KJV)
The love that God gives, allows us to love folks that we have only newly met. This love is shown as we come together for service, praise, worship, fellowship, etc. It is this love that shows the world that we are God's disciples!
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)
If you are reading this article and have not experienced the love that God proved by giving His Son for us, then I would challenge you to read our "God's Free Gift" tab on our web site, rosehillbaptistchurch.net. If you have God's love, but have no church family to share that love with, I would invite you to be our guest at any given service. You can contact us personally at 5019205258, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you on your journey!
Loving God and Serving Others,