BIBLE READING: 2 Tim 2:19 - 21 19 But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and "All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil." 20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
What does this passage mean to you today?
BLOG: Sunday isn't what it use to be. Now I am 56 years old, and I have been going to church since I was 6. A lot has changed in 50 years.
We use to sing out of hymnals to people who learned how to play the piano just because the church needed one. Most of those pianos were out of tune hand me downs, but most of the keys worked. You went to Sunday School, followed by a Sunday service. You wore your, "Sunday best" and listen to the pastor. There was an altar call, and people would come forward to pray. This was followed by a Sunday night service that was a bit more relaxed, a lot more evangelistic, and when the pastor asked people to come and pray, the whole church would go forward. People would pray for hours, if necessary.
Now we have computers, projectors, Life Groups, websites, and professional musicians. Pastors teach and preach, there are altar calls, but Sunday evening services are a thing of the past. Evangelism is personal, and compassion ministries mean more now than ever before. Bible classes are necessary, but so are addiction recovery and life skills.
So what hasn't changed?
"On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight." (Acts 20:7).
Here we see Paul, on Sunday, gathering with like-minded people of faith for fellowship and ministry. He taught until midnight. (Don't ever call your pastor "long-winded ever again.")
Whether it is 2,000 years ago, 50 years ago, or last week your time on Sunday remains the same. It is rooted in worship and prayer, building community together with people of like-minded faith, reaching those who don't know that Jesus will forgive them of their sins, learning together how to live our one's faith in Christ, and serving each other with the love of Jesus.
So, are you ready to join the billions who have worshipped Christ tomorrow? I am.
Dear Jesus, I am setting aside tomorrow to honor You with all of my heart. AMEN