Today, we start a new sermon series called “First” at the church where I worship. First is based on a simple belief: that we put God before everything else in our lives – possessions, gadgets, houses, cars, careers, busy schedules, even before family and friends – and that when we do, we joyfully work, produce and contribute to God’s kingdom. The first message is titled “First, Name Your Idols.”. If you are not able to attend your local church service today (traveling, health condition, etc), I invite you to this link of the podcast.
The main thought I noted from last week’s message is that the world has it wrong. There is pressure to do more than we could possibly do; to carry loads we can’t carry alone. Christ makes our burdens light. If we spend more of our time on developing our soul, we will be prepared for everything right now and for all eternity.
The poem below was inspired from last week’s message.
Made by Him, For Him, and Needing Him
Spiritual leaders tell us what to do;
Watching over our heart;
Making us smart;
Pushing us to start.
The Bible also tells us what to do;
It nourishes the soul;
Putting us in control
Of the will, mind, body, and soul.
Needing some perks,
We are fed with good food
Viewed in the good works
We all can exude.
The unexamined soul grows weary
But here is a good theory:
We can handle a wrong world
By building up a soul that can trust;
Making the load light is a must;
And helps to readjust;
Then the Lord can restore;
And open a new door.
Poem by Mark Shields – © 10-27-2013
Enjoy this video It is Well with My Soul – Hillsong.