Wow! What a day of ministry. Today was one of those days that you just don’t know what to expect. I knew that we were going to be missing some people today. Several were away or taking care of loved ones or were sick or were involved in The Race. There’s going to be a whole separate post about that, but if you’re browsing this site, you’ve already seen that one. I kind of felt like a one man show today. I drove the van to pick up students before church. Pam and I taught Sunday School together, substituting for some who were away. Then, my pianist was taking care of a sick child, so I ended up leading worship by myself, except for my trusty side-kick, Rebecca who helped me out leading the singing. Then, I preached the message, greeted the people and then drove the kids home. We came home and crashed until this evening and then fortunately I didn’t have to pick the kids up tonight, but I did lead worship and Bible study. I don’t say any of this in a complaining spirit. It was a great day of ministry.
This morning’s message (to see the full text, click here) was based on a song again by Casting Crowns. I asked the question, “Are you ready?” Are you prepared for Jesus’ return or will you be found sleeping. To introduce the sermon, I sang the song. Several said it cause chills as they heard the lyrics. Much has been said and written about the return of Jesus. People want to know how it will all end. The important thing to remember is that you can know all the facts and supposed timelines about the return of Jesus and it won’t make you a better disciple. I said, “I would much rather spend the time learning how to be a better disciple of Christ than I would trying to figure out when Christ is coming back.
Jesus himself gave these instructions regarding His return. He told us to:
- Watch or be prepared
- Occupy the time – or in other words, obey the Great Comission, which is to go and make disciples of all nations.
The world is in need of our help and we need to do the work that Christ has called us to do. Discipleship has been on my mind a lot lately. My desire as the shepherd of Preston Wesleyan Church is that we are fully devoted, sold-out disciples of the Lord Jesus.