As we have been clearing out, ready for all the Development that is happening, we have been finding things that have been hidden away for ages. One of those was a picture from about 100 years ago with three verses on it. There was a part of:
Joshua 24:15 ‘choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve’.
Joshua 24:15 ‘as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord’.
John 12:26 (Jesus said) ‘My Father will honour the one who serves me’.
These three verses are interesting for two reasons: Firstly, we know that they were significant for Christ Church a number of times in its 160 years. And secondly, they form a straight relationship: choice, decision, blessing.
In every generation there is a free choice, to follow God or not. In every generation there are competing commitments for our time and attention. Joshua 24:15 ‘choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve’.
In every generation there is a response needed. It might be in a moment or over a lifetime journey. We thank God that as we reach our 160th birthday, there have been faithful men, women and families that have chosen to faithfully serve God in this place. Joshua 24:15 ‘as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ We thank God that is still the case today.
You see, as each generation seeks the Lord, seeks his kingdom, Matt 6:33 ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’, God not only provides, he honours and blesses us. John 12:26 (Jesus said) ‘My Father will honour the one who serves me’.
When we put God first, he blesses us. Why? Firstly, because he loves us and secondly so that we can be a blessing to others, to share his love with anyone and everyone, especially to those who feel lost, forgotten or broken.
This Autumn Season, as we remember all that God has given us, let us choose Him, let us serve Him, let us receive from Him, as we continue to develop resources and ways, so that we can both share the love and the Good news of Jesus, while being a blessing to this town and beyond.
With my prayers for you all. JohnTags: Magazine, Vicar