Notes from Gathering Point

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Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

I went to church today as usual and Pastor Brian spoke on Prayer. It was a good and helpful sermon and finished up the current series on prayer.

But what I would really like to talk about today is Gathering Point, the small group I meet with on Sunday afternoon. Another pastor, Pastor Archie, covered the group today. There were only two of us there other than Archie, but we studied some really good and encouraging things. Pastor Archie ended the teaching time with the following statement: “What are we sacrificing in our lives to be a faithful servants?”

As soon as he said this my mind began to race with several thoughts. If I may, I would like to share a few of them.

I have always sought to be a servant. In fact at some point in my life I thought it might be my Spiritual Gift. But while I have always served in any church I attended, and also in the ministry I work with, I have always felt I come way short of what it means to be a true servant.

Look again at the statement above. It is only twelve words but it speaks volume with just one word: sacrificing. A true servant is one who sacrifices!! What are some of the things he or she sacrifices.

Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is time. We all have the same amount of time in a day. 24 hours. How do we use it? I know I spend time in the evenings in what is usually called down time. There is nothing wrong with that, but How do we spend it. Reading a book, watching TV, or perhaps working on a hobby? One thing I know. To serve God requires sacrifice. We have give up one thing to do another. Serving God takes time and we have to make a choice to set aside our desires for His.

Another thing that is important is serving is our attitude. It is easy to look good on the outside. “Oh, look at him/her! They do such a great job at serving here,” some might say. But in all honesty, serving just because you feel you should or just to look good on the outside does nothing to please the Lord. God wants our heart!! The Old Testament priests were experts at serving God with their sacrifices and offerings. But what did God say about them? “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me (Isa. 29:13; Matt. 15:8).

One more thing, and this will be my last, there are encumbrances and just becoming weary. Pastor Archie used Hebrews 12:1-3 in our session to make this point. We need to lay aside things that keep us from serving the Lord. Again it is a choice we need to make and there will always be pain. The flesh desires to give up nothing. The answer to this problem is that we fix our eyes on Jesus (verse 2), and consider what Jesus endured on our behalf. If we look at ourselves, we will become weary and lose heart. 1 Corinthians 15:58 encourages us to be steadfast and immovable in the work of the Lord. Along with that, there is the promise that our toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Brothers and sisters, let’s keep moving forward in our service to the Lord! It will not always be fun and will sometimes be just plain discouraging. But it will be worth it in the end when we here those words of our Lord: “Well done, thy good and faithful servant. God bless you.

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