Here it is. The first of my blog entries set in the context of helping people who desire to find God’s will and place in their lives respond fully to the purposes for which they are created.
The book “More Than Volunteers” is an important book in addressing how the church can come to grips with discipling people to understand the ministry that we are in and principles that make it happen in your life. I hope you will think about reading it and we can talk together about what you find in its pages in the weeks ahead.
Always a beginning: I never passed this way before and never will again for things will never be the same no matter where or when. It’s only in this moment that life is given to me. A moment given only once to which my soul is free. Moments are but vessels available to you. Their worth is made or lost upon the things we do. For doing fills these vessels as we use this world of now. Let’s pray that God of heaven will always show us how.
My contributions to this blog during the weeks ahead will be to help stimulate and contribute to the lives of people who desire to make the call of God in their lives a reality. I will seek to help people to discover that we are more than volunteers. As we talk and refine this idea I hope you will all join the dialogue so that we may grow together as we interact.
The revelation of God that is imparted through the canon of the Bible. It is written to communicate to the world that God has a plan for every person that will respond to his call. He desires that we all be reconciled to his purposes for our lives.
It is important to consider that the whole of God’s revelation and call is to all the people of creation. His anointing and gifting are for and to those who enter into the fellowship of that call by faith in Jesus Christ. God sets apart a people who respond through repentance to become part of the family of God. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.
Only those who are redeemed by the atoning work of Jesus Christ are commissioned and positioned as the “Priesthood of Believers.” This priesthood of saints are no longer volunteers but brothers, friends, heirs, and a part of one body in Christ fulfilling God’s eternal plan. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light,” 1 Peter 2:9
The revelation that comes to us through the Bible as God’s word is made living and active in the lives of those who place their faith in Jesus Christ. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden form God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13
The body and bride of Christ are those who have placed their lives upon the altar as living sacrifices holy and acceptable, denying self, renewing minds, and taking up the cross of commitment and service for the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Romans 12:1-2 and Mark 8:34-35 “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said; “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Looking forward to your comments…