Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Faithful in the little.

Recently, there has been one verse that keeps popping up in my head. 

 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities." Luke 16:10

As we have been going through "The Heart of the Follower", I've been challenged to return to my roots on ideas like engaging in the faith and the world, and connecting with people in and out of the church.
A few weeks ago, we talked about engaging with people because we have been blessed with the light of Christ. That hit home for a few reasons.
1. I love missions.
2. I firmly believe that "faith without action is dead." (James 2:14-incredible passage)
And here's where it really connects to the verse in Luke..
3. I really think that being the light of the world is less about doing big things like going to Guatemala, and more about doing small things like being nice to the Taco Bell drive-thru person.

You see, this verse hits home everytime with me. I'm one of those people who thinks that maybe one big act of good service can cover all the times where I wasn't exactly a light to the world around me. Maybe it was because I was tired, or the Wal-Mart cashier really was mean to me, but going to Guatemala doesn't override all those times I was a jerk.

Starting in September, I'm taking the Financial Peace University class here at Christ UMC. This verse really challenged me on my finances. I need to learn how to be faithful in what I have now! If I can't get this budget in which I barely have bills to a place where it glorifies God, how is going to He trust me with more? I'm not saying that I am doing a poor job right now, but as Jim is always telling me, "There is always room for improvement." Also, the verse doesn't say that He won't give more to us because we are doing a poor job, however for me to start now in being faithful in every area will put me so much further along the path when bigger things come my way.

Jeremy spoke this morning in staff devotion about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."
That scripture from Luke is certainly preparing me so that I can "do every good work."

Here are the set lists from NewSong over the past couple of weeks! Sorry it's been a while :)
August 5th:
Fires by Matt Redman
Reign in Us by Starfield
I Stand Amazed by Chris Tomlin
August 12th:
Lift the Name by New Life Worship
Stronger by Hillsong
Jesus, Son of God by Chris Tomlin
and for offering:
Speak Now Jesus by Starfield (and in case you forgot the first time I sang that song, check out the blog here)

and this past week, August 19th!!
Revelation Song (redone) by Jesus Culture (love that version!)
I read Psalm 95:1-7
Nothing but the Blood by Andy Cherry (love that version too!)
Lay Me Down by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman
and LANDON (so excited that he's back from summer vacation!) sang for offering:
Never Once by Matt Redman

I will see ya'll next week when we all get to worship together with Carlos Whittaker! Woohoo! I'm very excited. In case you have NO CLUE who he is, here's a link to his "About Me". Make sure you check out his videos!

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