Dear Church Family
A few months ago I heard a story from a man in church that caught my attention. Before they were married, his wife had begun to serve in the mission organisation YWAM (Youth with a Mission). The woman's parents worshipped in a traditional church and had never heard of YWAM and initially wondered if it might be some kind of weird cult, so they phoned a special cult help-line to ask for advice. The advice they were given reassured them, but also challenged them. It was this: 'Well, YWAM is a Christian organisation who believe pretty much what you believe. The only difference is that they're more happy about it.'
As I've thought about that advice it's made me wonder how happy I am about my faith. And at The Belfrey, does our worship, our witness and the way we live show that we're really pleased to follow Jesus? In particular, are we doing the three things that the Lord wants his people to be doing all the time? The three things that should be constants in our lives? According to the apostle Paul they are:
'Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances' (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
We're to be people of celebration who keep on expressing joy.
We're to be people who pray. At all times and in places. Welcoming God's Spirit in every situation.
And we're to give thanks. Not for all circumstances - as some things are not good. But in all circumstances, because even when things are tough we can always find things for which we're grateful.
Living like this is a very positive way to live. People who live this way are a great encouragement to be around. They radiate God's presence and you want to spend time with them. In essence, they're people who are happy about Jesus.
So... let's happily rejoice, pray, and give thanks. For, as I Thessalonians 5:18 goes on to say: 'this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus'.