The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 9 24 2011
By Toni Osborne, Happy Sabbath! When Jesus prayed for us, He prayed that we would be one. And no better example of the power of unity is found than the story of the Israelites when Joshua became their leader. After having spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, they were a people ready to obey the Lord and follow His leading. “Then they answered Joshua, ʻWhatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.ʼ” Joshua 1:16-17. Did you catch that? We will do . . . we will go . . . we will obey. What a formidable group of people they became when they walked in unity and faith.
What made the change from “grasshopper” mentality to a “royal priesthood” mentality? I would surmise that after having tried it “their” way and having to live with the disastrous results, they were ready, willing and anxious to try it Godʼs way. And God blessed them! They brought down the insurmountable walls of Jericho by just marching around it. What would the church be like today if we, will do...will go...will obey the voice of the Lord! It is Christcentered unity that will bring the power and blessings that we so desperately need. It reminds me of an excerpt from the poem, “We Really Do Need Each Other” by Reuben Welch: “You know something— / weʼre all just people who need each other. / Weʼre all learning / and weʼve all got a long journey ahead of us. / Weʼve got to go together / and if it takes us until Jesus comes / we better stay together / we better help each other. / But no matter how long it takes us / weʼve got to go together. / Because thatʼs how it is in the body of Christ. / Itʼs all of us / in love / in care / in support / in mutuality— / we really do need each other.”
Berean, our children need us. Please keep them and our schools in your prayers. Letʼs continue to support Christian education by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education/Scholarship line). God bless you.