I was focusing on Obedience and Faith recently and it brought me back to previous Blog I had written… enjoy. Change is coming…. Bobbyg
My thoughts have been with Change and what does God require of us in going forward: I read this saying about *Obedience Versus Sacrifices: “God says many times that he doesn’t want our gifts and sacrifices when we give them out without love and obedience.” — Along with came a few comments, here are a few of them.
- **Obedience is far better than sacrifice:
- **God isn’t interested in penance; he wants a broken and contrite heart
- **God doesn’t want sacrifices: he wants our loving loyalty. He doesn’t want our offerings; he wants us to acknowledge him.
So when I look at this – how does that affect the way I go forward in what he requires of me… We just finished Easter and when I look at this – I ponder about our GMM Theme this year “Activate Your Faith” and what that look liked to the Disciples as they went forward. Jesus changed the world and going forward was changed – it is now a Love and Obedience requirement instead of a list of rules. The same is relevant for us today – we must also go forward as the Disciples did and change is required.
Pastor Shaun was taking about Matthew today and Jesus call was to Follow him… and Matthew did – but the verse’s that stood out for me was. Matthew 9:16-17 16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
In our Changing times we must be willing to change in how we do evangelism… if we do not adjust to what is happening around us – we become ineffective in our ministry. We must be putting the new wine into new wineskins… My study bible states it this way: “The gospel did not fit into the old rigid legalistic system of religion. It needed a fresh start. The message will always remain “new” because it must be accepted and applied in every generation. When we follow Christ, we must be prepared for new ways to live, new ways to look at people, and new ways to serve.”
WOW – this is a challenge that is a must if we are still going to be affective in our times… we may not have chosen the direction our country is going – but God is still in control and he must be working through us as we go forward… Get ready for the Challenges – as the Disciples went forward, there were allot of challenges that they had to get through – we will have to do the same.
“Activate Your Faith”