2 Timothy 3:1-5 MSG, “Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.”
If this doesn’t describe the age we live in, I don’t know what does. Please don’t think this is just what the world looks like, I’ve seen these things in the church as well. Anytime we become focused on anything other than Jesus and his purpose for us on the earth, we can easily pick up the ways of the world we live in. I am no exception to this. I must constantly ask the Lord to show me areas I need to correct so that I can stay on course. He wants us to go into all the world and make disciples, not of ourselves but of God. To teach them to hear Gods voice, to be sensitive to others, to walk in love, to listen and obey. I’ve watched this happen in our own church as our pastors have mentored and trained students to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’ve watched that process mold young lives into living flames of hungry fires, lapping up the dry things of our city and spreading the flame to other youth by going into the streets and parks and being Jesus. Praying, hugging, loving, touching, serving and restoring hope.
As the holidays approach, it’s a good time to think about what God would have us do this year. Do we give to our own who are already cared for and have what they need or do we find others who have little to nothing and pour out on them? Which action would make the most impact on whom? One single mom told me that each year, she takes her children to serve the needy in their community. Another takes her kids to wrap gifts for the less fortunate. Will you stay in your warm homes and give to your own children who have so much they don’t know what to do with them all or will you teach your children to love and give. Our children learn to be givers by example; to be thankful, to not gage happiness on what they possess but by what possesses them. Use this season to teach the true meaning of Christmas, to give. Just as God loved us so much that he gave us his best gift, his son so that in him, many more children would be his.
Don’t be surprised if your Christmas card from us reads; “Thank you for allowing us to give our best to those who have so little. May your New Year be blessed!” The Gregory’s