From Pastor’s Desk:
Galatians 5:13 …You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
We must keep in mind constantly that those whom God has placed in our lives are done so for a specific purpose. If He has brought someone who has not accepted Christ Jesus as Savior, then we are to do our best to have them do so. If God has placed that one in your life that needs nurturing, then so be it. Maybe God has place you with a “problem” person. First, we must be careful that we are not the “problem” and, secondly, recognize the fact that God, should they indeed be the problem, thinks enough of you to place them in your care for a while so that you may, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, pour yourself into them.
Small church people, I speak to you. Many of us are bewildered by lack of growth sometimes. We see many come and go, but few stay. I challenge you to think back upon the ones who have come and gone. Did God send them to you for a while to disciple them? Can you in retrospect see all that you, as a church, did for them? Maybe they were there for a season of strengthening. Others may have come by to glean what the people of your church could give them in the process of them “working out” their “own salvation.” Then, there were surely those God sent to you as a last resort. By that I mean, maybe God had been working in their lives for a long time, but they just wouldn’t listen (or hear) what the Holy Spirit was trying to do in their lives. Other folks had tried, but to no avail. Now God sends them to you, knowing that if they don’t “shape up” here, they are never going to. Kind of blunt and harsh, I know, but nevertheless, I believe it happens. Been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt.
The point? Though you probably will never see reward(s) on this earth, “…serve one another humbly in love.”