"One life, don't waste it" is the title of the message I will be preaching on October 4th at PHOS CHURCH. This past month I began to seek and ask the Lord for what He would have me say on our new church's launch. The one thing that kept being imprinted on my mind and heart was the idea of devotion.
We live in a culture that is very loud and very fast. Think about all of the noise in our culture today. Let me preface this with: not all noise is bad. But...
We have the “noise” surrounding the global pandemic, everyone has a very strong opinion about how the pandemic should be handled.
Then we have the noise surrounding the presidential election, and everyone treats each election like it’s the biggest election that the world has ever experienced.
Finally, we have noise that surrounds our political divide and national outrage. With all the news and information bombarding us these days, it’s easy to get distracted from things that are of eternal importance.
The passage of scripture that we will look at on launch Sunday is Luke 10:38-42, it tells the story of Jesus visiting the home of two of His close friends. During Jesus’ visit we see that a bit of contention begins to build between his friends, two sisters named Mary and Martha, because one sister is in a place where she is devoted “TO” Jesus, while the other is in a place where she is distracted “FROM” Jesus.
As we launch this new church, amid all the noise and chaos of our world, my heart's desire is that we never get to a place where we are distracted FROM Jesus. A lot of good things can become bad things when they take away from the most important thing.
I am looking at this first message as an anthem for our church, as we begin to love and follow and serve the Lord in the Sterling Heights community. If we want to be effective lights in our community, then we have to be with the source of all light and that is Jesus.
Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12