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What is Most Important to the UM Church Today?

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

IMG_0301What is the most important thing for you in your life? Think before you answer – and don’t give me what you wish were most important or think should be most important. Someone once said if you want to know what is really important to a person – look at the person’s checkbook. I’ll add – take a look at their credit card bills and their online spending too! Do we spend more money on things that are really only peripheral things in our lives? Do we own that boat or does that boat own us?

The Sunday School answer – of course – would be Jesus! Jesus should be most important in our lives. We have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb and He owns us – 1 Corinthians 6:20 – you were bought at a price. At least – God should own us – but at times we act as if we own ourselves.

We should have pleasing God first and foremost in our thinking when we wake each and every morning. From before our feet hit the ground in the morning – our minds should be on Jesus – and the things that will please Him. We should be seeking ways to be holy – more like Jesus. We should be seeking ways to let His light so shine that others see Jesus in us – Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

That is my prayer this week for Annual Conference for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. My prayer is that we will all experience Gethsemane Moments and give up our will for God’s will on all that is before us. I pray that we will not cave to the society where we live (and the denomination is a world-wide church and societies differ) – instead we will stand by the truth found in the Word of God. It is through holding to truth that we find Jesus – rather than caving to society. Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Here’s a neat video to help us focus on what is important.

So what is important church? What are the golf ball for our pickle jar?  Will we focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ – the Great Commandment? Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, . . . Or will we debate issues that should be settled by the Word of God and have been voted on for over 40 years already?

What is important to us? Luke 12:34 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Where is our heart? What will we be focused on this year? What will our voice be to the General Church and more importantly – to our local congregations?  Let us first seek after God and the other things will be made clear to us – even given to us!  Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I will try to keep you posted as Annual Conference happens this week – stay tuned.  Remember – our conference is a very liberal conference.  Remember also that the General Conference is made up of representatives from around the world and the GC is much more conservative in nature – IMHO – more Biblically based.  Do not be alarmed at what you hear from the BWC of the UMC – keep praying for General Conference 2016.

What is most important to the UM Church today?  The answer should be Jesus and being faithful to His Word and truth.  We’ll see!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


May 27, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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