A better question would be who is the Silver Spring Church of Christ? We are a body of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord -- meaning that God lived on earth in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Christ taught us how to live, died for our sins, rose from the dead (to demonstrate that He really was God) and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Our congregation consists of people from every race, of many languages and nationalities (about 25 nations represented on a typical Sunday morning!), of all ages, educational levels, marital statuses, and economic levels.
We are all sinners who have thrown ourselves on the grace of God, and we live with a joy and peace because God graciously forgives. God's Holy Spirit lives in us, and changes us from what we should otherwise be without Him.
"OUT OF ORDER"
Ouch, did you read the title of this
article? I am certain that everyone reading this has been
confronted with that phrase. It means different things to
different people but usually the bottom line is inconvenience and
delays. For the past few weeks my computer has been out of order.
Yes, I survived and got by using other people's equipment.
Yet there was frustration and there was delay. But the world
continued to spin and the sun came up each day. All that to say
the following things.
While computers and other things can be out of order, so can our lives be out of order, sometimes in a big way. When that happens multiple consequences can and do occur. Our individual lives interact with other human lives and mutual influences bombard one another. The results are negative, hurtful, damaging. In the remaining three weeks of this year, 2013, may I suggest to you and me that we take stock of our lives and ask some important questions. Are we sometimes out of order and hurting others around us, including even family members? I think you and I both know the answer is sometimes that is in fact the sad case.
What are some ways I can act differently
and more positively and loving toward others in my family, my
church family, my business partners and fellow workers, and others
in my circles of interaction and influence?
This is a perfect time of the year to make
this kind of personal evaluation and decisions about better
behavior. We have just gone through Thanksgiving time re-flecting
upon the joy of family and friends. We are now in the days leading
up to Christmastime. Again we shall be in close contact with not
only friends but relatives near and far. Then a few days later we
shall be thinking of some New Year's resolu-tions. In all of this
let us remember the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ.
John 15: 12 f.f. "My command is this: Love each other as I have
loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his
life for his friends." Then Jesus ended these thoughts by saying
in verse 17, "This is my command: Love each other." The same
inspired writer, John, wrote in his epistle of I John, chapter 4,
verses 11 f.f., "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also
ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we
love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in
us." Not only are we given a clear command by God to love one
another but we are told that others can see God living in us as
they witness our loving lives and habits.
Let me urge you and me to begin today, if
you have not already done so, to think clearly about how we can be
loving Christians here at the Silver Spring Church of Christ. What
a powerful witness this can and will be here in the Nation's
Capital area! My computer is no longer out of order after
appropriate repairs to it. What about your life?
Hopefully it is not out of order or if it
is you will pray and ask our gracious Father in heaven to "fix"
you through His loving forgiveness and gift of His Spirit, the
Holy Spirit, to provide daily strength. What a blessing we can all
be having been "fixed", forgiven and blessed by the presence of
God in our lives day after day. Let all read-ing this article make
that decision today and then praise Him for His saving grace and
day by day blessings to glorify Him because of our "fixed" lives.
Praise the Lord!