Life is brief. It really is. This is not a breaking news bulletin; Im not telling you anything you dont already know. Personal experience teaches us this, but more convincingly Scripture emphasizes this stark reality. In Ps. 39:4-5, David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, aptly says: Show me, Lord, my lifes end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each mans life is but a breath.
The apostle James echoes the same sentiment: You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14). Because of the brevity of our lives, time management is extremely important. To live as completely committed Christ-followers, it is essential we make the best possible use of our allotted time. This is why Moses prayed, Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps 90:12).
A great way to gain wisdom and to make the best use of our time for Christ is to learn to live each day with an eternal perspective. Our Creator has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). Knowing that we will have to give an account in eternity (1 Cor. 3:10-15; 2 Cor. 5:10) to the One who gives us time should motivate us to use it well. C. S. Lewis clearly understood this: If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.
We should heed then the admonition of the Apostle Paul in Eph. 5:15-16, who said, Be very careful, then, how you livenot as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. And more specifically when it comes to opportunities in reaching those with no relationship to Christ, Paul further instructs us in Col. 4:5-6 to be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. It is to this last emphasis in the use of time toward those outside Christ to which I want to focus your attention.
This month we as a church have two great opportunities to use our time efficiently and effectively in evangelistic outreach to our community. First, National Night Out is on Tuesday night, Oct. 6 (6:30-8:00 pm) at Depot Park Plaza in downtown Grand Saline. We will have a couple of booths to represent MSBC and a bounce house for children to enjoy. We will give away 24 ounce water bottles with our new church logo imprinted on the bottle. Each water bottle will be filled with candy and include an attractive church business card which contains our new church logo, website (our new website will go live the weekend before National Night Out), and phone number. Additionally, we will give away Bibles and receive prayer requests from any who share them. I urge you to make the most of this opportunity by keeping this event in prayer, coming out on Oct. 6th, meeting and greeting your neighbors as members of MSBC, and checking out and manning the MSBC booths in support of our church.
Second, the Grand Saline Goody Trail/Trunk or Treat event is on Oct. 31st. This year the event will extend across Highway 80 down Main Street beside our church. We will have need for approximately 30 cars to provide trunks for candy treats for children. MSBC will work in conjunction with Harvest Bible Fellowship Church in grilling hot dogs and providing drinks outside our doors. We will have a large outside slide and our gym will be a carnival filled with games for children to enjoy. There will be prizes for the best decorated trunks and costumes as well as prizes for the best decorated pumpkin. We will again be distributing imprinted water bottles and information about the church to all comers. This is another great opportunity to make the most of your time for Christ by volunteering to help in this outreach event to the children and adults of this and surrounding communities. For more information, contact the church office or see our Childrens Minister Heather Good or Wilma Davis of the Acts 1:8 Team about both of these outreach/mission opportunities.
Remember, keep an eternal perspective and keep Oct. 6th and 31st clear on your calendars as we reach out together to Grand Saline and surrounding communities as a church family for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Your Friend and Pastor,