Letting our light shine
In our fall cleanup we finally decided to do something about the surplus pews we have upstairs. Bob Chapman, the head of our property committee, found a good home for them. He donated them to College Heights Secondary School for use in their construction technology department. Here’s a note we received from the head of it:
Thank you so much for the delivery of the church pews.
We have started to modify them and refinish them to be used as benches in the school hallways. They will receive a great deal of use once they are in place. Thank you again for thinking of us here at CHSS!
Thanks Bob for taking care of this and for your service through the Property Committee at GBC.
Thought for the day: Jesus disciples learned from Him by willingly doing what He said.
Okay, I have to confess, this is a tough one for me. It’s easy to KNOW what Jesus would have us do, we just read our bibles, but to actually DO what he says is tougher.
So, an important, critical really, aspect of Jesus teaching that He continually emphasized with His disciples was to do what he’d taught them. He expected His followers to put what He taught them into practice in their lives. He wanted His disciples to apply the truth of what He instructed — and He wants His followers to continue that today.
This principle too is included in the Great Commission which we looked at last week: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” The word “observe” in this passage does not mean “to see” or “to look.” Rather, it means “to do” or “to implement.”
There are several earlier passages in the gospel that underscore this same idea. It’s obvious that Jesus expects His disciples to put what He taught them into practice. Is this an easy concept to understand? For sure! It’s a lot harder to do, though. It takes effort, purposing and choosing to do it. Jesus reminds us to ‘take up our cross’ every day. We do that through doing what he says. This takes discipline, which is at the root of what it means to be a disciple. Give it a try. You will fail at times but keep at it and you’ll find one day, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you’re not just doing it, you’re growing in the process!
In His grip,