Don't mess up Gods gift!

Dec 30, 2007 by: Sam Hestorff
Scripture: Matthew 6:25–6:34

As a new church we have been given a great gift . . . the gift of freedom.

We have been given a clean slate to create something new, something beautiful, something that will connect people to the living God through Jesus Christ in a new kind of way.

With this gift comes excitement, energy and creativity but with this gift also comes temptation . . It is a temptation to worry about what we don't have.

  • o How can we be a real church if we don't have our own building?
  • o How can we be an effective church if we don't have a full time staff?
  • o How can we worship if the worship team isn't perfect?
  • o How can we be a family friendly church if the children's ministry doesn't provide a program that reminds the kids of Disney?
  • o This could go on . . . but did you notice a common theme?

When we allow this temptation to creep into our community we run two risks:

First, we run the risk of forgetting about the great gift God has given to us; the gift of freedom, creativity and the calling to help connect people to the living God through Jesus Christ in a new kind of way. 

Second, we run the risk of creating division among the body of Christ. 

You see, we all have our own opinion as to what would make us the perfect church.  Many of these opinions revolve around programming (the common theme above) that we have seen done in other churches or have read about in a best selling book or simply just makes us feel more comfortable.

And true to our human nature, we quickly rally small groups of people around our programming ideas and opinions in hopes to gain momentum and eventually win the battle.  It would be nice to say that this never happens in the church but it does and it has the possibility to ruin God's amazing gift of freedom.

In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus tells us not to worry about the insignificant things but rather "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."

You see, our calling is not to worry about building the greatest church in Tampa.  Our calling is to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  If we stay focused on this calling . . . God will provide what we need to get it done!

Since the first time we met in August, 2006 we have said that Logos Dei has a calling to build the Kingdom of God and that we exist to . . . 

  • Introduce people to Jesus Christ
  • Nurture people on their spiritual journey

And we do these things through worship, community and missions.

That's who we are . . . that's who God has called us to be!

As we move into our second year, let us stop worrying about tomorrow for "tomorrow has enough troubles of its own" and instead stay focused on the mission God has given to us and allow God to provide everything else!

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