Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Intentional Growth In Christ

Intentional Growth In Christ

Yesterday I read through a passage found in 1 Chronicles 28:5-10. I just can’t get one of the verses off of my mind. In verse 9, David is counseling his son Solomon to “Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind.” He was chosen to sit on the throne of Israel as king. The Lord wanted to bless him and establish his kingdom forever. There is one catch. Solomon needed to observe God’s commandments and His judgments. God is still looking for men and women who are totally sold out for the cause of Christ. There is intentionality in the call of God on our part as Christians. We are to be intentional in our relationship with the Lord as it impacts all of our relationships and circumstances. Matthew reminds us in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

So my question to you is this, “Have you taken a spiritual inventory?” Are you serving the Lord with a loyal heart and a willing mind? David knew that character was the key to life. He wanted his son to be right in heart, that his mind would be sound, and that he would honor trust and serve the Lord. All things begin and end with the Lord, therefore, it must be our sole aim and desire.

David is talking to Solomon in the sight of all of Israel and the assembly because he is preparing everyone for his departure someday. They have followed David as king for many years. Now it is time to hand the baton off to God’s next anointed choice – Solomon. 1 Chronicles 28:9 continues, “for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”

To help you know that you know that you know, we will begin a class on Wednesday, April 3, called, “Upward Seeking, Outward Reaching.” It will walk you through a process of evaluating where you stand on your beliefs, virtues, and practices. It will take you down the path of understanding what we believe and why we believe it. We will then dive into some cornerstone beliefs that will help us navigate in this world of gray. It’s all about knowing what we need to know in order to grow closer to Christ. I hope you join me for this class. There will be good discussion and great insight into the Scripture.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. I pray you have been participating in the family devotions and following on in our journey to the Cross. The choir will be singing a special number and we will continue to look at the “I AM” statements of Jesus. Come to worship and bring a friend to experience the power of Jesus’ name.

May God richly bless you as you seek Him with all your heart.

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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