Summary: This goes deeper than love. This is helping others so that we can make a difference in their life. We need to make a habit of serving others so that we can demonstrate God’s way of loving.
Father we ask for Your anointing on us today. Place Your anointing on me as Your messenger today. God move in our lives. Rip open the heavens and visit Your people today.
Open our eyes so that we may see Your Word. Open our ears so that we may hear Your Word. Open our minds so that we may understand Your Word. Open our hearts so that we may receive Your Word today. AMEN
“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
We are just about finished looking at our updated mission statement for our church and our plan to carry it out. A plan that can be summed up in just a few words; Transformation, Healing, Equipping. Once we understand the mission we need a plan to carry it out. That plan is based upon focusing on five areas; Invest and Invite, Word of God and Prayer, Meaningful Relationships, Serving Each Other, and Praise and Worship.
Last week we looked at having meaningful relationships within the church.
In other words we need to be developing close, intimate, Godly relationships with other Christians. When we do that we can have people in our lives that we can build up and they can build us up. We have people of like faith to worship with and learn the Word of God with. And we have people with whom we can minister with.
The benefits of developing meaningful relationships within the church are far reaching.
It brings strength to the relationship.
It brings accountability to the relationship.
It allows the supernatural to take place.
It reflects who God is in us.
It gives us a better return for our work.
Meaningful relationships produce fruitfulness.
We were created by God to be involved in meaningful relationships.
It is so much easier to go through life with friends. People with whom you can count on and they can count on you. People with who you can have fun with and people with whom you can work with toward a common goal.
Investing and inviting others to Christ and to church is so much easier when you have a friend to help you. Getting into the Word of God and spending time in prayer is so much more beneficial to the individual believer when they have relationships with others within the body of Christ because we can learn more and accomplish more.
And when those meaningful relationships are done correctly, according to the Word of God, and there is integrity and honesty and love and unity, the Word of God promises us that God will bestow His blessing upon His children.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mt. Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133
There are two awesome pictures painted in this Psalm that show us how much God desires for us to build meaningful, Godly relationships within the body of Christ.
The first is the picture of the precious oil being poured upon Aaron. He was the first high priest of Israel. The oil poured on the head of the high priest signified the anointing of that person for the office that God had placed them in. It was the covering of the Holy Spirit upon that person.
The second is the dew of Hermon falling on Mt. Zion.
Mt. Zion is the location of Jerusalem, which sits below Mt. Hermon. Each year Mt. Hermon, which is also known as the sacred mountain receives a fair amount of snow. In the summer the snow condenses into vapor and makes it’s way into the area of Jerusalem bring life to the area.
We can clearly see by these word pictures that the blessing of God through His Holy Spirit will be upon the people of God who are involved in meaningful, unified relationships with each other.
Let God bless you by Investing and Inviting others to Christ and to church. Let God bless you by His Word and through Prayer and let God bless you by developing meaningful relationships with others in the church.
As we continue to focus on these things we find ourselves at the fourth focus point. It is the point that builds off of the last point.
Today we look at Serving Each Other.
This goes deeper than love. This is helping others so that we can make a difference in their life. We need to make a habit of serving others so that we can demonstrate God’s way of loving.