This is the first post in what I hope will be a new sharing ministry of Bethel Church. My intent will be to post thoughts several times a week (some about what is going on and some about thoughts from some of our studies) that might help us to share, grow in faith, and help one another as we move ahead in our faith journey. My hope is that you will engage in the conversation to get your questions answered and to help us connect more closely with one another.
At convocation last week, one of the ideas that captured my attention was the idea of being consumers or citizens. Consumers are people who take advantage of what is going on around them for what they can get out of it. Citizens are a part of what is going on around them and do thier best to contribute. That is exactly what we are trying to foster at Bethel, a citizenship mentality where people engage by using their gifts to live their faith as a part of the body of Christ, Bethel.
So if you find yourself being invited into something new, give it a try. As you do, you will engage in ministry, get connected with others, and share in the life of joyful obedience. Worried about burn out? Nobody is going to ask you to do everything and those who do are the ones who burn out. If you are using the gifts God gave you and not tring to be the energizer bunny for God, you are giong to find a new life.
Often what will be asked of you will make no earthly sense but that often happens with God. But sometimes we wait for the right time or for things to make earthly sense and in the meantime, we are no earthly good.
Come join in ministry and conversation. Tomorrow's topic -- why did God "harden" Pharoah's heart? Got another topic you are interested in, just let em know.
Have a blessed day -- Marty