We were made to celebrate God’s glory and find fulfillment in him, but our preoccupation with ourselves and the idolatry of things has left us far short of God’s plan for us. Nevertheless, Jesus offers to restore us to the stewardship God intended where we can find peace and fulfillment celebrating God’s glory once again.
God has entrusted us with much, and we will have to account for it. Yet even knowing what we should do, we don’t always act like it. But an honest examination of ourselves and a decision to act wisely will prepare us for the examination to come.
We often think that we need to attend to our own interests to accomplish anything of significance. But Jesus reminds us that success in God’s eyes comes only through focusing on Jesus and others, sacrificing our own desires, and committing everything to Kingdom ministry.
While good works won’t contribute anything to our salvation, they are certainly an expected outcome of God’s work in our lives that adds to the fullness of this life and brings commendation in the next.
The world seeks after authority and power, but Jesus demonstrates that in his kingdom those who are vulnerable for the sake of others will thrive and flourish. Aligning our expectations with these values will help us understand God’s will and experience his plan of redemption more fully.
Those who identify with Jesus and nurture obedience to God can live in joy even when facing difficulty.
People ready to BE a church are unified in prayer and allegiance to Jesus, directed by faithful preaching of God’s Word, and obedient to God’s commands.