2014 is coming to an end. How has your year been?
I was informed a sister from one of our churches is spiritually dry. I perceive this is a common phenomenon. The people and the church have good hearts. They are faithful to the Lord. They listen to sermons. Why then should people be spiritually dry? Let me introduce you to three words:
Hearing a sermon on Sunday is not enough to feed your inner man. It is like feeding your natural man once a week. You will starve. It is also like having a shower only once a week. How refreshed can you feel?
Sermons must be prepared with feeding the people in mind; feeding in faith, hope, love and purpose in life. The last element makes the difference between boring Christianity and a meaningful life. Lack of God’s purpose is what many people feel. Expounding the Bible well in the above components feeds people. On the other hand, members must also privately feed themselves. It is the key to spiritual refreshment. I helped our dear sister pick a few websites to listen to. I hope it will kick start her into meditating on the Bible on her own. There is a plus with internet but be discerning. Not all are good. Ask you Pastors.
Keeping in touch with friends, relatives and your community outside church helps you relate with the real world. Young ones need to learn how to relate with the world they grow up in. Older ones need to touch people for Jesus. If you do not relate with people it is harder to reach them. Knowing their needs and genuinely helping out makes good friendships and shows Christ in you.
We are wired to serve God and others. That is why many are eager to serve in church. This is the real you. Better still serve the Lord in power to heal, save and build up someone in Jesus. Flow of Life is in ministering to others. After ministering to the Samaritan woman at the well (Jn4), Jesus felt “fed” without eating lunch. He said his meat was in serving the Lord.
These three elements kept me spiritually well for many years. I hope they help you too. Joyful Christmas to you and have a great, full and meaningful 2015!
Pastor J and Susan