running on empty or excess? – what principles guide you & your church?

I found the devotional thought below on jonathanpearson.net. I think it is worth sharing here. Hope it speaks to you. I think it has implications for everyone concerned about their churches, churches that seem to be running close to empty on the resources gauge, churches that seem reluctant to try new things, churches that think the challenge is too large, churches that are not used to a ‘desperate trust’ kind of faith. Please remember these principles next time you are in a church meeting.

Have a great day,

Doug

Read Matthew 14:13-21 

1. People should never leave our church/our lives hungry for the Gospel.

It’s our job to be sure that they have what they need when they leave.

We can’t send people away wanting truth when they’ve just sat through our service or witnessed our life.

2. Commit what you do to Christ and you’ll never run out.

No matter what you’ve got, or what you’re doing, commit it to Christ and He will use it.

You won’t run short.

You won’t have to scrum to find more.

Christ always takes what we sacrificially give and makes it more than enough.

3. Reaching people requires action, hard work, and taking risk.

The disciples really had no clue how much food they had when they started giving it out.

The disciples did, however, obey Christ with action in faith that there would be enough food to go around.

No matter what your calling is, you must act in order for it to be accomplished.

Never use prayer as an excuse for inactivity.

4. Do your part in faith and leave the results up to God.

Ultimately, you can’t work hard enough to make something successful.

No matter how hard you try, you’ll never accomplish anything if you depend exclusively on yourself.

There comes a time in everything when you just have to simply trust God.

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus three grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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