November 4th. 2018 'The Resources of the Saints Belong to God'
All Saints Day; Holy Communion; Generosity of Giving
“The Resources of the Saints Belong to God”
1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Today we have “All Saints Day”, “Holy Communion”, and we begin “Generosity of Giving” which is our stewardship focus for 2019. All three of these valuable aspects of our church should be touched by the three great realities that the Spirit of God declares in I Corinthians 13 (FAITH, HOPE, LOVE). All three of these truths have eternal significance.
The following quote came to me from one of my mentors, Pastor George Creel. “Live your life so the preacher doesn’t have to lie at your funeral!”
Are (FAITH, HOPE, LOVE) at the heart of all your gifts, your servanthood, your resources, your stewardship, your generosity, your discipleship, your very life?