Today was our first full work day on four homes in Lake City. It was a long and hot day, but so good. Again today – the Lord showed us his grace through his Word. This morning before our team set out to tackle tough jobs we all read these words from in Ephesians 3
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Then this evening in our Bible study we read Ephesians 4 where Paul calls the church to unity. He tells the church that in their diversity of gifts to be unified in purpose. That purpose is to bring glory to God and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each of our team members did just that today. It was such a good day.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” – Ephesians 4:3-6
Today we leave for Lake City to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We’re going with 50 students and adults to serve four home owners under the direction of Home Works of America. As we go, we will be spending time studying Ephesians & Philippians.
It never ceases to amaze me how God’s Word always speaks into our day to day living. Every time I open God’s Word there is Truth that helps me navigate exactly what I’m going through that day. It’s because God’s Word is living and active. The Holy Spirit helps us see Truth and apply daily.
Today in Ephesians 2 Paul is encouraging the church that the building is not the temple. They are the building. God is building his Kingdom not with brick and mirror – but in the hearts of his people. As we go, may we remember it’s not about the houses. It’s about the people. Houses need repair, that’s for sure. And we will serve well and help repair homes for the glory of God and for the benefit of the homeowner. But what’s most important is the hearts of the people we will serve. Help us Lord to serve you well this week and to speak life into the hearts of the people of Lake City.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:19-22
Click the link below to watch the intro to Ephesians by The Bible Project.
Do good. Though we don’t have a faith based on works – our faith ought to compel us to help other people. Paul spends time at the end of his letter to the church at Galatia encouraging them to do good toward one another. He says,
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
– Galatians 6:10 NIV
It’s easy to get caught up these days in doing things for ourself. Our phones, our social media and even Netflix are all geared toward making life about what we like. It knows our presences and it caters to us. These are not bad things, but can lead us down a path of selfishness. So, be careful then to be aware of others and do good toward one another. Paul reminds us, “A man reaps what he sows.” (Gal. 6:7b)
This coming week as we head to Lake City to help homeowners – let’s take seriously this call to do good. May the good we do benefit the homeowners, proclaim the Gospel to the community and glorify the Lord!