Life is passing at a fast pace. Decisions stare us in the face every day. Personal choices have a ripple effect, meaning other people are influenced by our actions and behaviors. It’s clear in God’s Word that our Father cares about how we live life.
In Eph. 5:15-17, Paul said, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
In Col. 4:5-6, Paul taught, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
In 1 Pt. 3:15, Peter declared, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
The way you and I walk (or live life) matters to God and, therefore, should matter to us.
“The Finish Line” is about our legacy story and how we’ll end life. Will you and I come across “The Finish Line” faithful or unfaithful, responsible or irresponsible, or prepared or unprepared? That’s a big question to ponder on.
Beginning this Sunday, I’m launching a new sermon series entitled, “The Finish Line.” Over my years in pastoral ministry, I’ve met people who came to “The Finish Line” with a passionate love for God, with a network of healthy relationships, and with a legacy of financial integrity and responsibility. On the other hand, I’ve ministered to many individuals who came to “The Finish Line” with bitterness towards God, with division in relationships, and with limited planning of financial wishes.
I encourage you to plan on being in worship each week and identify people that you can invite to come and worship with you. I’m praying for God to use this sermon series to deepen our walk with Him, to strengthen (and even heal) our relationships with others, and to position us to leave behind a kingdom financial legacy. Let me list for you the upcoming sermon series schedule.
- April 19 – “The Finish Line: Fear Well”
- April 26 – “The Finish Line: Follow Well”
- May 3 – “The Finish Line: Forgive Well”
- May 10 – “The Finish Line: Fellowship Well”
- May 17 – “The Finish Line: Finance Well”
I want to thank you for the way you serve and give each week. Your spiritual walk and involvement are making a kingdom difference! On behalf of the pastoral and support team, thank you, too, for praying for us each day. God is using your prayers to make a difference in our lives and ministries.
As we journey towards to “The Finish Line,” may we come across the line in such a way that we hear the Father say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Mt. 25:21)
Seeking to Decrease,