Wow! That is how I started last month’s article…WOW again!!! We just took the young people for a foot-washing, communion-taking, baptizing service and a beach retreat broke out! Seriously, this trip was every bit as good as last year’s trip. And to be honest, I was not sure if that was possible! I was so thankful for the words God gave our leadership. Each session was another building block that included tools for us to break the masks in our lives that held us back. I truly believe that lives were changed and enhanced through the powerful spoken word of God! I look forward to what God is doing and I believe that you are going to be a part of it. Beach Retreat 2013 is already on the calendar so make plans for it now.
Let me say that I know God is calling His people higher. I want to bring some clarity to this so you will understand what this means. Everything we do “for God” is a sacrifice…not a sacrifice like a burden but a sacrifice like an offering. According to His word, that sacrifice can be accepted or rejected. It will either rise to Him as a sweet smelling savor or a stench in His nostrils. I believe the key is the preparation of the sacrifice. In the Old Testament a sacrifice involved the building of an altar, gathering and stacking of wood, the slaughtering of an animal, the dividing and placing of the animal on the wood , and fire being set to it. Then and only then was it a complete sacrifice. It was not judged as acceptable or not acceptable until the smoke arose and the aroma permeated the heavens! What I am saying is that the God of ORDER expects preparation in our offering unto Him! Everything we do “for” Him must be done purposefully and deliberately.
Let all that we do, both seen and unseen, be done to bring glory to our King!!!
~Pastor Jon Morgan