Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Musings ...

We had a great day yesterday. There was a tremendous spirit in whole worship service. I was privileged to dedicate a precious baby. We had a moving video reminder of the events from 10 years ago. We had a very good attendance. We had a fun small group meeting last night.

The message was from Malachi 3:16-18 with focus on the part of verse 16 "A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence ...". There have been many tributes to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and many of them had a scrolling list of those who died. I reminded everyone that there are many lists in our lives. There are Christmas lists, to-do lists, honey do lists, waiting lists, call back lists, and many more. But the most important list is God's list of those who have answered his call to repentance and have accepted his forgiveness and salvation.

The scriptures reminds that God claims his own. It is a powerful thing to be claimed. To be identified with those you love and who love you. To recognize God's call and hear him say that you are his child. These are powerful things. In this passage we see that God shares that you can identify those who belong to him because they serve the Lord. Raising your hand, filling out a card, reciting a prayer are beginning steps but service is the real mark of identity. To get on God's list we need to fear and honor the Lord, and then serve him with our lives.

You need to realize that God is calling you, that he desire to claim you as his child and that he has a plan for you.


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