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Norma Stillings sang a solo Sunday morning. Dan Stillings sang in the evening service. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message he called, “Find out what God wants you to do and do it!”
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he commanded his disciples to go out into all the world and preach the good news of salvation. For three years, Jesus had taught the disciples what they were going to need to know in order to do that. They might have asked, how were they going to eat, clothe themselves, and provide for their families? So in the Sermon of the mount he told them not to worry about such things, their Heavenly Father knew that they needed such things and did he not provide for the fowls of the air (Matthew 6:19-34). If the disciples would obey him, he would bless them with all that they needed to do his work.
What does God want Christians to do in this day and age? We know that we are to be in the house of God regularly. We know that we are to give tithes and offerings. These are basic to obedience and blessings, but there is more. Christians still have the command to share the good news of salvation to all the world; and their heavenly Father still has the ability to provide for them.
Christians have a unique position. They have the heavenly Father. Not all people are children of God. You become a child of God by faith. It is not automatic to all persons. It is not automatic just because you were born into a Christian household. You can only become a child of God when you recognize and admit that you are a sinner worthy of Hell and you realize that Jesus is the Son of God and that he has paid the penalty for your sin. With this realization should come an attitude of repentance so that when you call upon the name of the Lord, you may be saved. This is the only way to become a child of God.
A child of God may still fall short of the blessings that their heavenly Father has for them. What are your priorities? You can look in your checkbook to see where your heart is. Do not be overly concerned for temporal things. Cars get old, clothes wear out, houses need maintenance, stock markets fail, and we will die. When we die or the Lord comes for us, we will take nothing with us. What we invest in heaven will not fade away. When we give our tithes and offerings and when we give our time by teaching a Sunday school class, singing in the choir, cleaning the church, working in the nursery, bringing people to church, or any other service for the Lord, we are investing in heaven.
We have this great promise. Jesus said that he was going to prepare a place for us in heaven and that he is coming back to receive us unto himself. We also have the promise that if we will first seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, that he will take care of us (Matthew 6:33). This is what God wants us to do, so do it.