A Jesus Love…

Posted: November 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

I am reminded from today’s devotional that even though it’s hard at times to set up and tear apart our Mebane Church facility I need to remember to do it in LOVE.  Let me tell you a little bit about what we do on Sunday Morning’s for Mebane:

  • Several Trucks with Equipment/Chairs/etc show up at 9AM.
  • We unload the trucks and bring them into a school cafeteria (for the kids area) and Gym (for the worship area)
  • We have to unpack all the boxes, set up speakers, screens, other projector, other miscelanneous items, chairs, etc.  (None of this is easy work)
  • Then we have to attach things to make them work:  wires, cords, etc.
  • The Band then has to rehearse and fine tune worship songs
  • Sound checks for the pastor and projector need to be done

All this is done so we can have a worship service at 11:00 AM!  Did you catch that folks, from 9AM-11:00AM all of this has to be done and ready! 

Sometimes we get numerous helpers, and sometimes we get hardly anyone at all, but the job still gets done!  I won’t lie to you, it’s a lot of work, and it’s hard, and yes, i have grumbled about it numerous times, but with today’s devotional, I need to take another look at what we do and make sure my heart is in the right place when I do the work.  Here is the devotional…enjoy!

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Love That Sweats
by Jon Walker

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

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Today’s guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker –

When Jesus loves, he works up a sweat; he rolls up his sleeves, gets on his knees, and washes our feet with his blood, sweat, and tears.

He labors at love, though his love is never like labor. He’s a giver, not a taker, loving us into being with a gifted carpenter’s hands. And he’s no slacker, loving us until we can take no more; no more because we’re filled to overflowing, his love spilling and splashing through our pores into the cores of those we love with his love, a love’s labor not lost on a world that needs to be found.

He wrestles our fears and wrangles our doubts and labors at love until he’s exhausted, lying prone in a garden, drinking from God’s cup the nourishment necessary for one last heroic sweaty, bloody, tearful lift of the Father’s infinite love; ready to die for God’s undying love.

A Jesus-love sticks to it, even when the it seems like an unstickable fury that’s no longer fun or convenient or even something you want to do. Jesus keeps on laboring in you and through you, finishing what he started, loving until the last with a love that lasts forever (John 13:1).

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