A Spirit of Sharing
“All the officers and all the people rejoiced and brought in their levies and dropped them into the chest until they had finished.” (2 Chronicles 24:10)
This Sunday, September 19th, is a big day in the life of the First Baptist Family. We’ve got a lot going on, and our approach to the day’s events will determine whether we succeed or not.
On this special day, we will be given an opportunity to share so many things in so many ways. First of all, we’ve set this day as High Attendance Sunday. One of our members plugged it on her Facebook page as “Pack the Pews.” What an awesome challenge! We’re encouraged to invite friends, family members, co-workers – whomever – to join us for worship on Sunday morning at 11:00. In this way, we’re sharing fellowship, worship, Bible study, and – especially – the Gospel, with those around us. We’re sharing ourselves, and the God who has made us new, with others. I can’t think of a better thing to share than the love and reality of Jesus Christ – so, don’t miss this opportunity to invite someone(s) to see what God is doing at FBCL!
During the service, we will be presenting a Bible to every 2nd and 3rd grader at our church. It’s called the Word, and by doing this, we’re sharing the Word of God with these young people. We’re living out the command to “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it,’ (Proverbs 22:6). When we share God’s Word with someone, we not only introduce them to Jesus Christ and God’s wonderful promises, we invest in their eternity. As a family, we’ll be sharing that on Sunday as well.
Another exciting act of sharing will take place on Sunday morning. At the conclusion of the service, we will be participating as a family in the Chest of Joash. It’s a special offering to finish funding the recent improvements to the Sanctuary. The goal is $32,000 – and by making a sacrificial offering to this effort, we’ll be sharing the privilege of caring for God’s house, the gathering place for His children. It’s a statement of faith in the willingness and obedience of this community of believers to come together and do so much more collectively than we could ever do individually. We know that “many hands make light work,” and that goes for giving, too. If we all do our part – share the privilege of honoring God in this way – He will surely respond with an awesome outpouring of blessing.
The priests didn’t think that the people of Judah would want to contribute to the rebuilding of the temple, so they half-heartedly undertook King Joash’s command to raise the necessary funds. So, he went around them directly to the people – and they responded in an overwhelming fashion. I think the most important word in 2 Chronicles 24:10 is the word “rejoiced.” They were happy, delighted, ecstatic – they wanted to do their part. And we see that God multiplied the collection to cover the costs of repairs – and then beyond!
This is our moment to share – please be in prayer for these activities, and let your faith and rejoicing abound in the mighty hand of our Lord! See you Sunday!