Are we about our Father’s business?
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
.In our September article (on our website) we looked at the need for Christians to search out a Church that teaches and obeys God’s word and join in membership. This month we look further into why we join the Church. In Hebrews 10:25 we’re reminded that as Christians we’re to join together in the Church, the body of Christ. Though the Church has a diverse membership we are united in our faith in Christ and in submission to the Holy Spirit who guides us. We gather for worship, study, ministry, and fellowship. We could say we gather to honor God, learn his will, and to make plans for accomplishing his will. It’s vital that we not only say we believe but live it through the Church and ministry.
“That those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.” (Titus 3:8) We actively live out our faith as we become involved in the business that God has assigned his people. The ministries of the Church are as diverse as the members involved. Some perform multiple tasks while some are more specific. Some members are trained to preach, some teach and some help the needy. Some donate time or money in supporting roles. Some help maintain the property while some oversee financial business. Some have musical skills while others teach and care for the children fulfilling Gods call to sing praises and bring the children to him. Titus 3:14 says “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”
In Acts 6 we read that the Apostles were so busy preaching the gospel that they didn’t have time to check on the needy among them. They formed a separate group for this purpose and fulfilled Gods commands to share the gospel but also care for the needy. There is a need and a place for each member who is dedicated to participating in the Father’s business.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. (Matthew 5:16) When we actively engage in the work of the Church it honors Christ and gives credibility to the gospel to an unbelieving world.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) We also join together in ministry for strength. We are encouraged to be faithfully obedient when we are with others who are doing likewise.
” And He said to them, Did you not know that I had to be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:29). Herein is Christ’s example. It becomes the children of God, to conform to Christ and attend their heavenly Father's business, and make all other concerns secondary. This is the Christian life. To obey Jesus and continue the work of the Father’s business.
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Evangel Church PCA, 423 Thompson Rd, Alabaster. Al.
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