From the Pastor's Desk
Shalom and warm greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
October signals to us that we are already in the last quarter of the year and very soon we will bid good-bye to 2019, and get ready for 2020. Wow . . . timme really pass through our lives like wind which we can't hold back and stop.
The question we need to ask is: 'How have we use the time God gave us these past 9 months?'
Ephesians 5:15-16, "15 Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." [NIV]
Look at how the Amplified Bible puts it - "15 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those whi tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], 16 making the very mose of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil." [AMP]
The Greek word in verse 16 for "making the most of every opportunity" means 'buy up at the market place.' Opportunity is regarded as a commodity to be used by believers. Thus taking advantage of every opportunity TO BE and TO DO what God purposed for us is paramount in our lives. Be aware of this, church, so that you won't miss God's plan for your life. Amen!
Now for October, what is our church emphasis? It's "BE FRUITFUL!"
The Bile often uses the metaphor of "fruit" to describe the produce of our lives. "Fruit" can be either good or bad (Matthew 7:18; Luke 6:43).
Romans 7:5 says, "For when we were in the realm of the flesh . . . we bore fruit for death."A fruitful Christian will produce better results: "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life" (Proverbs 11:30).
"Fruit" is the direct result of whatever controls our hearts [Matthew 15:19]. Have a look at the fruit of a life NOT surrendered to Jesus in Galatians 5:19-20, in contrast to the fruit of the Spirit of God in Galatians 5:22-23.
God the Father is the Gardener [John 15:1], and He desires us TO BE fruitful. Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" [John 15:5]. As branches cling to the vine, we cling to Christ, DRAWING our very life from Him. The goal is "much fruit," as Christ uses us to bring about blessed, celestial results in a broken, fallen world. Hallelujah!
Let us ask Jesus to lead and guide us as WE purpose to allow Him to help us walk in fruitfulness. Amen!
May you all have a great month of fruitfulness in every area of your life in Christ Jesus. God bless!
Pastor Christopher & Marianne Mun