Sabbath Living Day 24/41
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My dear “PEPper”,
It is important that you not overlook the fact that Sabbath rest is not about seven days of rest but only one. The other six days of the week we are expected to work. Sabbath is God’s gift and medicine to us to keep us healthy. When our life becomes consumed with “doing” we become unhealthy and out of sync with God. Sabbath reminds us that we are not an inexhaustible resource.
However, it must never be forgotten that we are a resource. Allowing our lives to be unbalanced in the opposite way (too much rest / slothfulness) is just as bad; we become unprofitable servants and our end will be worst than then overachiever (Matt. 25:30).
Therefore, I am asking you to make one of the most important decisions of your life. I am asking you to commit yourself to Kingdom service by prayerfully getting involved at the Fort Mill Church of God. However, before doing that I ask that you prayerfully review this devotional.
I will be in much prayer this week about your response. A lot is riding on it. The honor of our Lord Jesus, countless lost souls, the health and growth of disciples, and your own spiritual well-being are all a part of your decision. So, as you can see, this is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Nevertheless, I do encourage you to make a decision, for to not make a decision is also a decision and it is a decision in which no one wins.
Resting in Him while working for Him,
david l. kemp
Before making your decision please review the following:
- Do you truly believe in and embrace the PEP values and Three-part mission of the FMCOG? The answer must not be, “I have no problem with it.” It must be, “That is who I am and what I am called to do.”
- Level 1 Involvement: Is there a need? (Good Samaritan, 2 Tim. 4:5)
- Level 2 Involvement: Do you see a potential danger? (“Knowing the terror of the Lord”, 2 Cor. 5:11)
- Level 3 Involvement: Is there someone or something you love? (“The love of Christ compels me…”, 2 Cor. 5:14)
- Level 4 Involvement: Is there a clear calling on your life? (Acts 13:7, 16:10, Rom. 1:1, I Timothy 6:12)
Bottom line, to serve the Church is like serving the Bride of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that matters more to Him than His bride – not personal success, wealth, influence, population, power or position. At the end of your life the only thing that will matter will be if you hear the Lord Jesus say to you, “Well done good and faithful servant.” All else pales compared to that. A good place to start and finish is your service to the FMCOG. (Matthew 25:21, Romans 14:12, 2 Timothy 4:6-8)