We are currently examining the four words that represent our core values here at Open Door Fellowship. Those words at Believing, Learn, Serve and Love. We have defined our mission as "learning, Serving, Loving, so that people may come to know Jesus. "
This past Sunday we looked at the concepts of Believing and Learning, and the scripture in Matthew where Jesus said "Take my yoke upon me and LEARN from me." So many times when people speak on this passage they focus on the part about the yoke, and miss the word LEARN, and yet that word is a key part of the passage.
It is important to notice here that Jesus did not say "learn about me", "learn of me", rather he said learn FROM me. What a key concept, we are commanded to learn from Jesus if we decide to follow Him.
There are many things we can learn from Jesus, but I think one of the most important is the concept of serving (one of our core values). In Philippians Chapter 2 Paul tells us that although Jesus was in very nature God he took on the form of a servant and humbled himself, even unto the point of death.
We must learn from Jesus how to be servants to this world. As we approach the Holidays of Thanksgiving an then Christmas, is it not the perfect time to serve as Jesus served? Isn't this the time for us as Christians to show what we have learned?
Today I went into Chick Fil A for the first time in 2019. Mainly I haven't gone this year because they no longer have the Cow Calendar and free stuff every month. I live on the cheap side! Even today I just went in to use up all the points off of my App and get free stuff. Beyond that I haven't had any motivation to go to a place I used to visit 3 to 4 times a week the previous seven years.
I took a few weeks off from writing the devotional thought as some of you have noticed. Sometimes we just need to step back and take breaks from things and refresh ourselves. These moments are part of life. It is why we have vacations and days off and the like. Yet, our work is never really finished, and sooner or later we have to resume what we are called to do.
In 2 Corinthians 8 Paul is writing to the church and he says, "Now finish the work so that the eager willingness with which you began it will lead to the completion of it according to your means."
As Christians, until the day Jesus returns, our work is never really done. We are to take the means at our disposal and finish what Christ has commanded us to do. For us here at Open Door Fellowship, this word from Paul reminds us that we still have much to do that lies in front of us. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing our Vision 2020 plan for the future of our church, but it is not just a vision about our church, it is a vision that embodies the continuing of Christ mission here on earth.
My prayer today for all of us is that we will take whatever God has given us and continue to press on to do the work of God's kingdom untili the day Jesus returns