The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 1 14 2012
What a joy it is to be in the house of the Lord! Berean, God has a challenge for us: “If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways . . .” II Chr. 7:14. Did you see the four-fold challenge? 1) to humble ourselves; 2) to pray; 3) to seek His face; and 4) to turn from our wicked ways. To humble ourselves means choosing God’s will for us when everything within us screams to have our own way. It means obeying His commandments without question or reservation. It means acknowledging that our judgment is flawed, and we need Him to guide us. But we are incapable of humbling ourselves, so God challenges us to pray. It is through prayer that our hearts are softened, our lives are changed, and we are convicted of sin. Because prayerlessness is a cancer of the soul that robs us of the power to overcome sin and prevents us from receiving God’s manifold blessings, He entreats us to seek His face. To “seek” means to find out by asking or searching. The Lord says that if we would seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him. Seeking requires time and effort. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that God wants us to spend time with Him. And finally He asks us to turn from our wicked ways. Have you ever wondered why turning from our wicked ways is listed last? Maybe after humbling ourselves, praying and seeking His face we are ready to turn away from those things that are displeasing in His sight. If—such a little word with such big implications—we’re willing to accept God’s four-fold challenge, He promises, “. . . then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin . . .” II Chr. 7:14. Will you accept His challenge? As we begin this New Year, let’s not waver in our commitment to support Christian education. Our young people need our help. Our love gifts may be placed 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.