Thoughts from Sunday

It has been awhile since I have posted, and I plan on getting back on track with posting.

Today, I just want to share 3 things from the services yesterday that stuck out to me. Each one was both convicting, yet motivating.

1. “If someone were to pattern their life after mine, where would they end up.” This was from the Sunday School lesson yesterday. I need to live a life so that my children can pattern their life after mine and end up in a place that is pleasing to God.

2. “Don’t play Russian roulette with your soul!” Great truth preached in the morning service! How many chances will God give you to get saved? There will come a day when you will have had your last chance to accept Christ as your Saviour! Don’t wait, the Bible says today is the day of salvation!!

3. “Are you bring water to the fire, or are you bring wood to the fire?” A motivating message last night to be active in soulwinning and the ministries of the church. We shouldn’t go to church looking to criticize and gossip about our fellow church members, we should go looking to see how we can edify and encourage others!

I would love to hear how God spoke to you yesterday in your church services!

3 Profit Building Techniques For A Christian

When the word profit is used, we automatically think of money. How much money are we profiting from our actions in life? From our jobs, side hustles and whatever else we got going on, how much money are we bring in? That is the profit we think of.

Trust me, I am not going to give you a money-making scheme today, because that is not what this blog is about, nor do I have a money-making scheme to share. Today, I want to share with you, how you can become more profitable in your Christian life.

I was reading my Bible yesterday and I saw a verse in Job that stuck out to me and I have been thinking about it this past day. This verse is where I got today’s topic from.

“Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself.”

Job 22:2

I have been pondering that question, “Can a man be profitable unto God?”

I believe the answer to this is yes.

One of the meanings of the word profitable is beneficial, useful. Can a man be found beneficial or useful unto God? I believe the answer is yes, why would we be here if we couldn’t?

How can we build or usefulness towards God? Does God benefit from having us here on earth? What can we do to be profitable to God?

The first part of this verse is a question, the second part is a statement. “…as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself.” In the secular field, everyone is concerned about their profit. How can they be profitable to themselves? The people who wise in their work, in their money, in who they associate with, those are the ones who are profitable to themselves.

Whether we are profitable or not to ourselves shouldn’t be our main concern while here on earth. We need to be more concerned about being profitable to God and for God.

While I was thinking about this, I got to thinking that the Christian life can be summed up into 3 areas, no matter the topic. Your walk, your work and your worship are all vital to the Christian life. If you are lacking in one, you are not fulfilling the Christian life as God wants you to.

First technique in being profitable for God is you have realize that God has a purpose for you and that He wants to use you. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” II Timothy 1:9 You will never be profitable for God, until you realize that you are a saved child of God and that He has a holy calling for your life. I am not saying that you are called to pastor a church or be a missionary or travel in evangelism, God has a calling for you to holy. For you to live your life as close to His Word as possible. We have to realize that our life isn’t to be wasted on the doing what we want, but it needs to be used serving the Lord in every way we can.

Second technique in being profitable for God is you have to recognize what is holding you back and get rid of it. You will never be profitable for God as long as you have something holding you back in your walk, work, or worship for Him. In Hebrews 12:1, it tells us to “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” We can have a sin that is holding us back or we can have a weight that is holding us back. What is a weight in the spiritual life? It could be a hobby that keeps you out of serving in ministries, it could be work taking up to much of your time, it could be sports keeping you away from the church. All those things are not sin, but they are weights which are hindering you from serving God. If you can’t recognize that you either have a sin or a weight, you will not be able to be profitable for God.

The third and final technique I have today in being profitable for God is refuse to quit standing for right and refuse to quit serving the Lord. The devil will do anything he can to get you to stop serving, to get you to lower your standards, to get you to give up when it comes to standing for what is right and for the truth. We need more Christians like Paul who once he got saved, went full steam ahead for serving the Lord. You cannot and will not be profitable unto God when you stop serving and stop standing. You then decide your way is more important than His and there is no profit in that.

When we live a life that is profitable unto God, that is the wisest thing that you can do. God will then bring profit to you in by taking care of you and blessing you.

So no, this isn’t a way to profit financially in our careers, but it is a way to profit from the blessings of God by living a life that is profitable to Him.

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Keep Cleaning The Crib

Last night at church, we had about 15 or so different men preach. Honestly, they were all great messages with great truths that we could use in our lives. One of my favorite messages of the night was preached by Andrew Grob. The messages was short and simple but packed a powerful truth about our labour for Christ. I asked him for his sermon notes so that I could share them with you.

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”

Proverbs 14:4

The ox was a great possession in Bible times. It was used to plow fields and tread corn. To a farmer, an ox was a must have.

God laid out clear instructions for taking care of an ox. In Exodus God said that they also were to have a day of rest.

Along with owning an ox came the responsibility of caring for that ox. You must provide food, water, and shelter. You have to clean his crib.

Owning an ox was a luxury, but it also meant you were going to be working very hard.

As I thought about this verse I began to think about other areas in our life this applies to.

Owning a car, it’s a luxury but it means lots of money in gas, insurance, maintenance plus the purchase price of the car.

I also thought about three major areas of the church this applies to…

Sunday School                                                                                                                             Christian School                                                                                                                                 Bus Ministry

Picture a farmer in Bible times complaining to his neighbor about how much work it is to take care of his oxen and how much easier it would be if he didn’t have any to take care of. So he gives his oxen away and walks over to the stalls and cleans them one last time.

When it comes time to feed the ox he is able to go inside and take a break, kick up his feet and relax, but when it comes time to plough the field and tread out the corn, he is not able to do it. His work load is even lighter because he doesn’t have the ability to tread corn or plough the field. Is he happy? Whether he is or not I just described to you a lazy farmer about to starve to death. The neglect of husbandry isthe way to poverty.

Certainly if you are involved in Bethel Baptist School or Tri-State Baptist College, or teach a Sunday School class or help on a bus route, you know there is great labor involved in keeping up these ministries.

Keeping the buses running involves a great deal of time and money and labor and you are always running into families needing help but not willing to change. You see and deal with difficulties and troubled kids. You fall in love with the kids and then spend extra time trying to help them and their families.

Yes it would be much easier to get rid of the bus ministry and free up our time and we could work on other things, but when harvest time comes our hands would be Empty.

We as a church could be like that farmer, but we would be a starving church.

Don’t get weary in your labor for the Lord. Keep pressing on. Harvest time is coming. Continue knocking doors, continue visiting families, continue preparing those lessons, continue changing the diapers, cleaning the buildings and fixing the buses.

Don’t get tired of cleaning the crib but keep on keeping on. When Christ comes back I want to have a full harvest instead of an empty field.

I’ve never done this before but I’m going to end this message with the title,

KEEP CLEANING THE CRIB.