A few weeks ago I posted a point from Sunday’s service regarding time. Below you will be able to read that post by clicking the link under resources at the end of this post. In today’s post I want to revisit the thought of priorities and leave you with a scripture and brief statement.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. -Acts 2:42 NLT
As the early Church grew they prioritized their life around their faith. I fear we are so far removed from that concept. Instead, we prioritize our faith around our life. If our faith gets in the way of our life…we choose our life, or way of living. Far be it for us to base our schedule around what would be most beneficial as it relates to our spiritual growth.
The difference between those people who made up the early Church and what we’ve come to know as the Church is that the early believers prioritized their life around their faith not the other way around, their faith around their life.
Resources – More Reading On Life of Pursuit:
You Have Time, 168 Hours to be Exact
Am I Speaking Clearly
Spiritual Disciplines are Memorials
It is when the truth of an in dwelling Christ takes the place it claims in the experience of believers, that the Church will put on her beautiful garments and humility be seen in her teachers and members as the beauty of holiness. – pg. 21, Humility | Andrew Murray
I am not so much convinced that holiness is in lifestyle as much as it is in attitude. At its very core isn’t our lifestyles/choices rooted in our attitude. Choose an attitude of humility.
Yesterday I picked up a few books which I felt would benefit a few people I know. Instead of just giving these books away having not personally read them, I’ve decided to take the next few days to read them in hopes that I may be able to get a feel for what the books are about prior to giving them away.
In the first book by Dave Anderson, “How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK…A biblical blueprint to bless your business, Dave describes what he calls foxhole leaders. He writes, “Foxhole Leaders are servants.” The following are a few observations which Dave writes regarding foxhole friends.
Foxhole friends are those you want on your side when the going gets tough. You can count on them they have your back. Foxhole friends will pay a price to be with you and be a part of what you’re doing.
Another point that I found convicting and I believe all who are in a leadership position must grasp whether it be Pastor, Teacher, Owner, Manager, etc. We are here to serve. Here is what Dave writes regarding serving.
Serving means you add value to others rather than waiting for them to add value to you. Serving acknowledges that you need your people more than they need you. Serving acknowledges that the good of the team must come before your own comfort level or agenda.
When I was 15 I was given a Bible which belonged to my Grandfather, Capt. George Ellis Tallmage, USMC Ret. It was in my fathers possession. It was a KJV Thompson Chain Reference which was given to my Grandfather in the 70’s by the congregation of First Assembly of God in Walterboro. It was passed down to me as a gift a few weeks after I announced to my family that I accepted the call to preach. This particular Bible sits in my office right next to my desk.
In the first few blank pages of this Bible there are a few things penned, mostly by my father. Here is one quote which I have read often and still retain in my memory today. I would like to share it with you. I haven’t found where it is attributed to anyone else so I will give the credit to my dad for this quote.
The way I love my neighbor is the way I love myself. – George E. Tallmage, Sr
There is a lot of truth in this quote. If the greatest commandment is to Love The Lord God with everything you are, and to Love your neighbor as yourself. Then it is only accurate that the way I love those around me is deep down what I think about and how I love myself.
Here’s a quote that should ignite a fire in every preacher of righteousness. In a culture where it’s so easy to give in a give up, keep pressing forward.
I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, and I’ll fight as long as I’ve got a fist. I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head. I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old and fistless and footless and toothless, I’ll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition. – Evangelist Billy Sunday
Histroically, the Church has sporadically surged and declined as a result of disobedience, and the evangelical church has largely remained disobedient to the Great Commission. The refusual to consistently make disciples causes decline that leaves the church more defeated than before, and the world does not become evagelized. -Bill Hull | Quoted by Johnny H. Moore, pg 477 in The Great Commission Connection
God can use you today to help someone take their next step towards spiritual transformation.