Word from the Pastor21 October 2016
Spirit of Thanksgiving
It’s wise and required that we approach the Lord always in the spirit of thanksgiving. That is why we consistently designate a day set apart for this purpose alone, to highlight the fact God is worthy to be praised and exalted. Indeed, we must cultivate a thankful heart, and daily, moment by moment, enter His presence in this attitude, so our souls might line up with our spirits, bringing our whole being in a stance of worship (Romans 12:1-2). This is what Lord Jesus meant, when He exhorted the Samaritan woman, “God is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
The world today is filled with disappointment, and is gripped in a climate of frustration, pointing a blaming finger at our Creator. We are surrounded by people wrapped in hurt and grief, ready to throw in the towel at a moment’s notice. That makes our job doubly challenging in one hand, and fulfilling in another. Obviously it’s challenging because the need is almost overwhelming, when everywhere we turn, we can almost taste the bitterness of life spewed by those we prepare ourselves to serve. When we hesitate for a moment, we can easily sink where we stand. But in many ways, it’s fulfilling because we can move forward in the knowledge and assurance that the Lord is with us, and He will provide everything we’d need to minister to those we choose to
serve. This atmosphere is established by the joy that we bring before God, because “...the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Today, let us come before the Lord in a spirit of thanksgiving! Let us fix our eyes on Him, and not on the difficulty and tediousness of the job at hand. As always, He is true to His word, and He will “do the fighting” on our behalf. Stand firm, immovable, for your labour in the Lord will never be in vain.
Yours in Christ,