General Types of Local Service

My family in Christ, shalom.

I look at what my local Elim community is doing pretty much on a daily basis. And I just can’t help but rejoice at the service they seem to be offering to Christ and to His people. I view them as being on the front line, the infantry working hard to make Satan understand that he has lost control in this area. I know that there are other denominations here tthat give practical help to those who need it, but I can’t help but notice the impact Elim is making. I would even go as far as to say that that community (if not the whole denomination in general) is like the servant who, entrusted with five bags of gold, earns five more and is allowed to share in the Master’s happiness (Matthew 25:20-21).

Maybe more contemplative and inward looking denominations are like the next servant who, entrusted with two bags of gold, earn two more and are allowed to share in the Master’s happiness (vv. 22-23). I am thinking of traditional Anglicans here. Although insular, we have not departed from the Great Commission (28:19-20). One notable way in which we seek to spread the good news is via the Third Order of the Society of St Francis whose members, living in the world, working in normal everyday jobs and wear ordinary everyday clothes, seek to share Francis of Assisi’s interpretation of Christ’s compassion, mercy and love with friends, family, colleagues and, in particular, strangers (Luke 14:12-14).

And the last servant (Matthew 25:24-30)? I believe in salvation through faith alone, and so what practical role would a person need to perform? In today’s world we are blessed with there being so many different ways to spread the good news, i.e. via social media, or adorning our clothes and the walls of our homes with Christian imagery. What about the legacy we leave for future generations? I’d quite like to think that even if my blogs have no effect up on the modern world then hopefully they would still exist in some shape or form to help our descendants. I can only suggest that this servant, having the minutest knowledge of God’s mercy, is much more introverted than me. Terrified of social interaction, whether actual or digital, they are alone, ignored by evangelists and thus never receiving the opportunity for their seed of faith to grow. May God have mercy up on them and lead His people to them.

Just some quick thoughts on a passage I was reading. I hope they are of some help to someone.

Lehitra’ot and God bless you.

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Advice for Spiritual Growth

PRAY, PONDER, DISCUSS: DO NOT BE HELD BACK BY WORLDLY ASSUMPTIONS!

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,

and ever hearing but never understanding;

otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word.15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

(Mark 4:3-20 NIV)
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