Making a Difference
We cannot afford, nor should we ever be content to live unmotivated and unproductive Christian lives. God has endowed every one of his children with gifts, opportunities and resources to make a difference each day for the advancement of his kingdom and the good of his people. Many of our fruitless days have to do with a deficiency in our attitude, not a lack of opportunities. This is why the Bible has so much to say about our perspective and our mindset. Jesus certainly encouraged us to have an optimistic outlook for our daily productivity when he said that through the means of his people “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Paul sets the pace in not getting bogged down in yesterday’s failures or accomplishments when he wrote, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal” (Philippians 3:12-14). We, along with the Colossians are exhorted to “work heartily” at the Monday-through-Friday tasks to which we are called, always keeping God, his transcendent agenda and his eternal rewards in view (Colossians 3:22-24). So then, let’s approach each day with an energetic passion to make a difference for Christ, tirelessly “abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labor is not in vain” (1Corinthians 15:58).
-- Pastor Mike
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There are no stupid questions. Teachers in the classroom often use this didactic phrase to remind us that if we have a question about something, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask. And when it comes to the most important subject of all, the same rule applies.
As Christians, we can be timid in regards to our questions and doubts about God, the Bible, and living the Christian life. But asking hard questions actually prepares us for our task as followers of Jesus to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). At Focal Point, we aren’t afraid to ask tough questions. And we are firmly committed to studying and searching God’s Word, the authority on truth, for answers.
As a thank you for your gift this month, I would like to send you a copy of an excellent book called The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask. Author Mark Mittelberg provides answers to tough questions like “How can I trust in Christianity when so many Christians are hypocrites?” and “Why should I think that heaven really exists—and that God sends people to hell?” You will also find helpful tips for how we can respond to these challenges with truth and grace. The book even includes a chapter on the questions our friends need us to ask them.