Friends, the following is a devotional I recently read from Jim Liebelt of Home Word ministries. I thought it would be perfect for us. I think there is room for much discouragement in the work of evangelism and I think many of us experience it on a regular basis. I have often said that I expect lost people to act lost, so what they do does not surprise me. Still, I also feel that many times we serve and serve and serve and the students don't appreciate it and we share and share and share and sometimes it seems no one is listening. I think the following devotion is a God-send.
Living By Your New Nature
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
But I tell you, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." —Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)
The story has been told of a man who while hiking in a desert, stumbled upon a rattlesnake that had become hopelessly wedged between a boulder and some limbs from a fallen tree. The man decided to save the rattlesnake, but in the process the snake tried to bite him. The man tried to free the snake a second time. Again, the snake tried to bite the man. Finally, on the third attempt the man succeeded in freeing the snake. And still, the snake coiled and attempted to strike its liberator. The man’s companion, who had observed from a safe distance, asked the man why he continued to risk himself to free the snake. The man responded, “The snake was attempting to strike because that is its nature. My nature is to love. Should I cease to love because the snake attempts to strike?”
Jesus demonstrated this same concept – a commitment to living by his own nature regardless of another’s nature - when he gave his life to die on our behalf. Hebrews 12:3 instructs us to “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” The call of the Christ-follower is the call to live our lives following Jesus’ example and based on our new nature as God’s children. We are called to love and serve, regardless of the opposition or persecution we face from others.
Today, will you love even when others attempt to strike?
(1) Come to the banquet March 27 from 6-8 PM
(2) We will be cleaning all day Monday, March 26 and "setting up" on the 27th. We need: (a) cleaners and (b) chairs for Tuesday's banquet. If you can borrow folding chairs from your church and are willing to bring them and return them you would be such a blessing!
(3) I know that many of you have agreed to help with the banquet itself on Tuesday. THANKS!!!! If you are not able to help, PLEASE STILL COME AND ENJOY YOURSELF!
(4) We need volunteers for March 30-31 for all times during both days. PLEASE RESPOND!
(5) Our usual team that serves first Fridays is having a special service for that date (Good Friday). We need some fill in volunteers. That date is April 6. We will also be training new volunteers that weekend. Somerset Church is going to begin sending a few people on 1st Fridays and another team on 1st Saturdays. Their first service dates are those two dates that constistute the first weekend in April.
(6) Lastly, if any of you ever have a ministry testimony you would like to share with our newsletter community, please send it to me.
So, in conclusion, come to the banquet and tell me if you can volunteer on any of the upcoming dates (3/30; 3/31; 4/6; 4/7). Thanks y'all!
The volunteer calendar will be mailed out next week for the month of April.