My pastor preached an on time word today. The context of his message was from Matthew 25:14-18 which discusses the parable of three servants. Their master gave each of them talents (silver) in proportion to their abilities. They were not given instructions on what to do with it. The first two servants doubled what they were given even though each man did it in a different way while the last servant hid what he was given in fear of losing it altogether. I’m really not here to do a character study or to break down the Scripture but rather to share how today’s church service blessed a friend of mine.
We have a ton of college students attending our church so it is fairly common for Pastor Williams to speak empowering messages towards them, but today was different. He made a lot of references to the unemployed. Part of his message spoke about having confidence in one’s self. He likened a jobless person to persuading a business that he or she would be the best employee they had ever had causing it to earn more money. I think it was this part that lit a fire in my friend. He texted me later that same day to say, “I have a job.” I asked him about the details and he explained that shortly after service he had called the owner of one of the businesses he’d had an interview with. He told him with confidence that he would be there ready to work first thing Monday morning. The man had not finished conducting interviews for the position but liked my friend’s approach and hired him on the spot!
I say all of that to say this: you can’t do this thing we call life on your own. I know a lot of people, even Christians, who don’t go to church for whatever reason. The truth of the matter is you need someone or something to provoke you to greatness. You can read the Bible and pray for understanding, yes, but you should also surround yourself with people who either have what you’re trying to achieve or can show you how to get it. If you’re in debt, would you take the advice of a broke person?
Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established. (KJV)
My pastor isn’t just a preacher, but he’s a mentor. He breaks down the word in ways that are easy to understand so that it can be applied for right living. Let’s be honest. The Bible is a very large book. If you’re not familiar with it, how do you know what page to turn to in the middle of a storm? That’s where someone like a pastor or minister can help; not only by pointing you in the right direction but also by decoding the Scripture. I know I’m not the only one who gets confused by the “thees” and “thous”.
Maybe you’ve had some bad experiences at churches in the past. Don’t let that deter you. There are about 320,000 churches in the United States. If one person breaks your heart, do you say I’m never going to love again? Of course not, so why do people do the same thing with church? If one didn’t sit well with your spirit, find another one. When I moved from my hometown, I visited at least six places of worship before I found my church home. The church not only delivers the Good News but is a place for believers to uplift one another. The word of God is an incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23). When a seed is planted in fertile ground, it will produce. I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago or even one year ago. His word is maturing me to a life that hungers and thirsts for righteousness.
Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT)