This Sunday I finish our sermon series “Greater”. We’re looking at the life of the Apostle Paul and some of the things he accomplished in his ministry that has specific relevance for us today. One of the keys to Pauls ministry was the perspective he had. He saw things from a greater perspective and as a result was able to do things others would struggle to do.
In Acts 17:17 it says that Paul “reasoned” in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with who happened to be there. The synagogue was the religious centre of the day, it was a place of worship and prayer, of meditation and reading of scripture. The marketplace was the workforce, business, commercial hub. Paul was comfortable in both settings because he had a greater perspective. He saw both places as opportunities to reason with people.
For us today there are plenty of opportunities. Both inside and outside the church. The question is what will you do?
As many of you know, I spent 5 days in Auckland at a Family Reunion. During this time I had an opportunity to share a devotion with my family. So I talked about the first family the Bible references: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It was a nerve racking time as I was speaking to people that have known me my entire life. But I overcame some of the nerves and was able to share the Gospel in all its fullness. Thank you Lord!
We are all ambassadors of Christ. We have an opportunity to influence the lives of people we meet. I want to encourage you to be on your guard always as an representative for the Lord. Be ready to share and encourage. Look for opportunities to pray for people, serve with random acts of kindness and invite people to church.
If we keep our sights on God and His love for us. It will radically change our outlook on life, it will give us Greater perspective.
I love the journey we are on. Don’t miss out this Sunday. Cancel your plans to be elsewhere Sunday and lets keep our sights on God as we worship Him together.
Have a great week, see you Sunday!
Nu and Taua