by: Andy Lawrenson
When I was a teenager there was a popular song that asked the question, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”. I don’t have to tell you that we live in a most unusual time in our world. And even though so many things are rapidly changing, there are things that never change time-wise. In this series, we’re going to talk about those things, and they related to every person in the world. It’s time in your life and mine. So, don’t be late! The Bible tells us what time it is.
The Time to Find Fulfillment – Worship
I’ve been to a lot of ball games and played in even more. And often I was the one who was told by the umpire behind the plate to “play ball”. He said it to me because I was standing on the pitcher’s mound with the ball in my hand. If you know baseball, you know that the game begins with the first pitch from the guy/girl on the mound.
When we discover that we are created to worship and that worship begins with a relationship with Christ – the Pitcher on the mound – we can then begin to find the fulfillment in life He wants us to have in Him.
The Time to Belong to Something Greater - FellowshipStarting with the first man, Adam, God laid down the principle that we’re better together. So, He created Eve, and in doing so created marriage and family. Those of us who know Him as Savior are placed into His family when we are born into it by trusting Christ. Jesus called it the “new birth”.
That family consists of all believers around the world. But, to bring it closer to “home” Jesus created the “church” to be our family of faith. And it’s within the local church that we live and work together to accomplish His plans.
The Time to Grow in Your Faith – Discipleship
God wants you and me to grow up into adulthood in our spiritual lives. It’s not dissimilar from how we grow up into adulthood in our physical and emotional and social lives either. Jesus was our example of that. Growth comes from a healthy diet and from learning that brings maturity.
The Time to Give Your Life Away – Ministry
There are two types of Christians in the church: those who hoard and those who share. Those who recognize that God has given them much so that they can (like Him) give it away. He has created the family of faith (the church) to work as a team, with each member of the team finding his/her unique gifts and to use those gifts in serving one another. Then the church gets on a roll.
The Time to Live Your Mission – Evangelism
We’re all different in so many ways. Different personalities, different skills, and careers, different aptitudes, different in appearance. But, there’s one way we are all the same. We who are Christians are Christians because someone told someone, who told someone who told you and me the greatest story in all the world: the Gospel. Let’s not be selfish with it, because without faith in Christ no one has a glimmer of hope for eternity.