The falling temperatures have perked the interest of my two Brittany bird dogs. Their energy levels have increased dramatically as they run around the yard with renewed enthusiasm. They sense that hunting season is just around the corner because of the cooler temperatures. Most mornings they wait at the back gate and watch to see if I will exit the garage in my blaze orange vest, carrying a shotgun. They take turns passionately requesting their release from the confinement of the back yard in order to freely accomplish all God created them to do.
Their zeal makes me smile. Who wants to own a dog that would rather eat a biscuit than hunt a bird? Who wants to drag dogs from the back yard and force them into the dog box? It thrills me that Freckles and Duke are motivated by “want to” rather than “have to.” Every master should be so fortunate as I am. All I have to do is drop the tailgate, and they are ready to go.
We should be just as excited about serving the Lord as we anticipate His return. We should zealously voice our praise to Him when we come together as a church and while we function throughout the week. Just the thought of Christ’s return, and the enjoyment of heaven, should keep us fired up. We won’t be in this fallen world forever. We will be released from the confines of this sinful place and rejoice forever in the presence of God where there is no more sin, no more pain, no more death, and no more tears.
We should also delight to serve the Lord Jesus by fulfilling our specific responsibilities in His Kingdom for His glory. As we make disciples, we have jobs to do that should give us more joy than Freckles and Duke locating a large covey of quail. There is something extremely satisfying about fulfilling our God-given purpose. We will never be happier in this world than when we are abiding in Christ and obeying His will for our lives. This is true through every season of the year and every season of life.
“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
Romans 12:11, Earl
Youth Pastor Search Committee
Kaleb Fischer…Jarred Jones…Kim Hale…Stacy Villines…Carter Robinson
- This Sundays Sermon “Standing in the Gap” Ezekiel 22:23-31
- LifeGroup Attendance on November 3 – 716
- GriefShare – Sunday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Hamburger and French Fries
- Vote on the 2020 Budget – Sunday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
- Surviving the Holidays (GriefShare) – Sunday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor