Good Folks, it is the first Friday in September 2015, and we are entering Labor Day weekend. Enjoy and be safe in all your activities.
A few weeks ago, as my family was out and about at the Fort Worth Stockyards, my son Stephen and I bought something called the Yeti Rambler Tumbler (Yeticoolers.com). I had noticed this mug for several months in various stores and because of the investment [they are not cheap] I had opted…not right now. That Saturday seemed to be the, why-not-now-moment. I had read the description and its ability to keep ice for twice as long as similar plastic tumblers. So the investment was made, out of my curiosity and desire to prove the advertisement wrong.
Well, I was wrong in my perception. I was wrong in trying to prove this product could not possibly be as good as it was advertised and promoted. Oftentimes, if it costs a great deal you want to think that it is worth it, and more than not, we are disappointed.
I am not one not to make product endorsements, nor am I making one now. I am merely stating that my intentions were less than honorable in purchasing my Yeti. Often, we look at the church with similar questions, is this too good to be true? How can I have life and have it more abundantly? (John 10:10) Will my gifts to the church really make a difference? I remember when…and that time is not now, is often asked. What is our future?
Often, it is so easy to keep our involvement in the church at arm’s length. What I appreciate from the scriptures are the many stories of Christ when he embraced the least, lost, children, outcast, rich, poor, adulterers, widows and married and refused to be at “arm’s length” with anyone. Jesus is going to meet you right where you are in life and guide you to your greatest potential. His hand will be in yours, his strength will strengthen yours.
Soon, you will be invited to participate in something called the Campus Revival Campaign. It will be an investment for sure. You will hear about what it is all about and what it can possibly accomplish. There might be some with apprehensiveness, and rightly so; however, the church marches to no other tune than the voice of Christ, guided by the Spirit of God and loved and strengthened by God.
History has tried to make light of the relevancy of the church. Remember this: Because of Christ, it is the greatest hope for the world because of our faith in Christ. Go ahead and go for it!
PS: Month of September: Sermon Series—Book of James
PSS: I bought the 30oz Rambler Tumbler version. It is worth it!