Minister's Message


 

Glad and Generous hearts


Our circuit has made a very transformative decision to take on the ‘Holy habits’ study course. In all, they demonstrate the unique marks of the first century church. This new church showed the marks of the true church, and those marks hold true for today.
“ And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the
breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 Luke, the writer of this book clearly pointed out that they ‘continued steadfastly’ in the ‘holy habits’, it wasn’t for a brief moment but was a lifestyle. The result?  The Lord added to the early church those who were being saved. May the Lord help us to do things differently in this generation that will bring in a harvest of souls! It is just that simple – great harvest of souls will cost us. In this write-up I want to focus on the second habit which we are looking at over the Advent and into the new year. What a topic to reflect on considering the already bubbling Christmas spirit of giving and sharing. last point, which is best described by a phrase at the end of verse 46, “with gladness and singleness of heart.”

Ironically, the Church have decided we can follow Jesus without a cross, without demand, without change, without sacrifice and without “glad and generous hearts.” We want a low demand faith. We want a faith that we can practice at our convenience. We want a faith that doesn’t challenge our weaknesses and requires nothing of us.

My dad will always tell us his children that “That which costs you nothing is worth nothing.” And I seriously believe you get out of something what you put into it. “No pain; no gain.” Oh, we realize the truth of those words when it comes to our vocation. We know that we have to work to get ahead. We know that we have to train to succeed in athletic contests. We know that sacrifice is required if we want to achieve greatness. We know that the Rotary Club will expect us to pay our dues and volunteer our time if we are to remain a member. But we think our faith requires nothing. We give the church the leftovers. We give left-over time. If we have time, we will come to church and prayer meetings. If there is nothing better to do, we will stay home on weekends and go to church. If we have money left at the end of the month, we will donate. And then we wonder why our faith means so little to us.
May we be glad and generous to God not just with our gifts of money but with our smiles, our prayers, our presence, and our heart    .

Peace and blessings,

Your loving brother,

Henri.