Monday, April 18, 2016

We Must Be Intentional to Engage in Good Deeds

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Scripture: Titus 3:8
This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.

Insights: Yesterday I used the illustration of Maverick in the movie Top Gun when near the end of the movie he was scared and refused to engage the enemy.  All too often we in the church get scared ourselves.  As a result of our fears we do not “engage in good deeds.”  We sit on the side lines and scream out, “I love Jesus, yes I do, I love Jesus, how ‘bout you?”  Now because we won’t actually do good deeds, we scream, I mean sing, all the more loudly that we love Jesus.  Yet, we still refuse to “engage in good deeds.”  I have placed a challenge before FBC Bowling Green to have us grow by ten people on average per month.  This challenge is not even supernatural in nature.  This kind of challenge is something we can do in our earthly power.  What if God actually got involved in our outreach efforts?  What if we were really intentional about sharing the gospel with people under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?  How many conversions and baptisms could we really have if we surrendered to the promptings of the Holy Spirit?  What kind of momentum in our churches life could we create if we “engaged in good deeds.”  This year in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering videos for North American Missions we observed a church plant in Montreal that did a free car wash for the community in order to show them they loved them.  We are going to do the very same thing on April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon.  We have two locations in which we are going to host these car washes (The Marathon station on the north end of town and our church).  If you are not physically able to wash a car, then we still need you.  We need you to speak with those whom we are washing cars.  We need to tell them we are doing this because we love Jesus and we love them also.  We need to ask them if there is anything we can pray for them about.  We need to show in physical ways to our community that we love them and that we care for them.  We need to do these good deeds and ask the Lord to truly make them profitable.  Beloved, it is my prayer you will “engage in good deeds” and not just sit on the sidelines.

1. What good deeds have you performed for the Lord recently?
2. What faith stretching work is God calling you to perform?

Prayer: Father, all too often I sit on the sidelines and do not engage in good deeds.  Forgive me for my disobedience and may Your favor fall on my activity for Your kingdom.  Amen.

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