Summary: A challenging lesson on getting excited about serving God.
‒ Translations are ever present for us to understand the Bible in our own language.
‒ Yet we know less about the word than ever in the church.
‒ Why? Because we have stopped being zealous for the word.
‒ How many of us brought a Bible to worship?
‒ It is no longer a priority.
‒ We are too busy.
‒ I did an experiment in a 5th-6th grade class once where I gave homework each week. On average, 3 out of 12 students in that class did the homework. Why?
‒ Parents, What would happen if their school work didn’t get done? We all struggle with this.
‒ We must constantly stay on our guard.
‒ (2 Timothy 2:15 NCV) Make every effort to give yourself to God as the kind of person he will accept. Be a worker who is not ashamed and who uses the true teaching in the right way.
‒ How can I use the right teaching if I do not know the word of truth. We need zeal for the word of God!!
‒ Is the word of God "a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path."
‒ Having more zeal for the church means the people of God ought to be important to us in our homes.
‒ The way we talk about one another reflects how zealous we are for God.
‒ Rom 12:10 says, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another."
‒ We need to keep a running list in our mind, on paper, or some way pray for one another?
‒ (James 5:16 NCV) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.
‒ Pray that believes in God is makes great things happen.
‒ Having more zeal for the church means the work and activities of the church ought to be first.
‒ The first thing in my budget ought to be giving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NCV) Each one should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily.
‒ My monthly activities should include the work of the church.
‒ The gift and talent that God has blessed you with in the Kingdom should be exercised.
‒ Teaching, Singing, Praying, Evangelism, Preaching, Shepherding, Deaconing, and the list goes on and on.
‒ My loyalty to the kingdom of Christ should be foremost.
Conclusion: There is so much to do in the church. What are you doing for God right now. So many give so much time and effort, but there are many who for years have sat in the wings and let others do the work.
‒ It’s time we get up and go to work for the Lord.
‒ He’s given us motivation.
‒ He died for us.
‒ He has placed us in the kingdom for a purpose.
‒ Why not discover that purpose in your life today?
‒ On June 6, 1995, I had a terrible crash on a motorcycle. It almost cost me my life. When I was ready to leave the hospital the doctor told me something I will never forget. He said that most people die from the kind of injuries you sustained. You didn’t. He said, “I suggest you go out and find what it is that God has planned for you.”
‒ What does God have planned for you?