Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Issues of Belief & Diligence...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned about attending Bible study last Thursday, at the church where I've been worshipping, Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).  In addition, there was a short discussion about how few people seemed to be wearing a poppy this year, in remembrance of those who fought for our freedom, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

On Sunday, I normally would have gone to worship at WEBC, where I've been going for several weeks, now.  The same church where I attended Bible study.

However, a few weeks ago, a friend who lives here in Windsor, had invited me to worship at her church.  At the time, I told her I would, but we hadn't made any definite plans for me to do so. 

Since I enjoyed worshipping at WEBC, I hadn't yet made those arrangements, to meet and worship with my friend at First Baptist Church (FBCW), here in Windsor.  At least, not until one day last week.

Knowing that my pastor was going to be away on vacation with his wife and wouldn't be preaching this past Lord's Day, I decided it would be a good time to meet with my friend C, at FBCW.

So, I did!

My goodness, I must say that I was shocked.  The shock I felt wasn't due to the church building, which was about 150 years old.  It actually made me feel wonderful worshipping there, knowing that God had provided church family to be there, for so long!

The shock I had, was due to a few different issues.

Firstly, as we all welcomed each other at the beginning of the worship service, it seemed many people knew who I was!  This was shocking to me, until I found out that some of the younger people had been reading LwL from time to time.

It was shocking to me, to meet up with a sister in the Lord, whom I have known for quite some time.  We used to meet up at the 50+ group, where I used to worship.

What I found most shocking, was how sparse the number of worshippers were.

Since I am not familiar with the tradition or history of that particular worship group, I cannot say why there were such few people.  But, I can say that the current pastor preached a wonderful sermon.

In addition, the worship through music was glorious, also!  I felt truly blessed having worshipped with this small group of believers.

It seemed to me that those in control of the service knew exactly what to do.  And, did their work for our Lord, with love.

This reminded me of Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

While it may have been shocking to see such few people worshipping there, it was simple to see and feel the love of Christ, within the group of people.

Even so, I am praying and trusting that God will provide.  Just as He's been providing at WEBC, which also faced in the past, a small select group of worshippers.

For both church families, I will continue praying.

This world is filled with so many issues.  Life issues, to be sure. 

However, lately I've met more and more people who consider themselves to be unbelievers.

People, who at one time considered themselves to be Christian, or Catholic.  Yet today, refuse to worship anywhere. 

No matter what the circumstance, we the Bride of Christ, can never give up. 

We need to be diligent workers of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We need to be understanding of those who never truly belonged to Him.  We need to help them to see their need for salvation.

And, we need to continue participating in fulfilling the Great Commission, that God told us we must do.

Are you obedient in doing what you can do, working for God?  Or, are you a secret believer?

Until next time...

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