May 22, 2016

Sunday
John 3:16-21

John 3:16 is a study in the idea that less is more, and this verse is our faith made brief and concise. This verse, and those following, addresses each of us and the entire world and frames the priorities our church embraces.

I commit to Jesus.
I commit to his followers.
I commit to his world.

I commit to Jesus.
Though I may fail from time to time, committing to Jesus is something of a slam dunk. While not always easy, following Jesus is always right. Jesus is easy to love and trust so I find that committing to him is no sacrifice.

I commit to his followers.
These are other believers who are friends and family in the body of Christ. Some I know, most I don’t as they live all over the world. Of those I know, most are easy to love and a joy to serve while, admittedly, a few are not as loveable and can be a little prickly. It doesn’t matter. In John 13, Jesus addressed the issue. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” His message is very clear and I get it. Most of the time, committing to his followers is easy. Sometimes, it takes a conscious effort. However, committing to his followers is always right and is a source of great comfort and joy.

I commit to his world.
What!? Hold it! Have you happened to notice that just beyond church property, if you drive north, south, east or west, you have to roll up 24,900 miles before you get back to good ole FBCL? The world is a really big place! Some of the people out there are different and a few of them don’t even speak the King’s English, play real football, or drink Dr. Pepper! Alas, it doesn’t matter. John 3:16-21 makes God’s intentions as clear as does Matthew 28: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

If you’re a believer, you know sending people and resources around the world to share and deliver the Gospel is not an FBCL-thing. It’s a God-thing and he does not mince words. Committing to his world is always right and, thankfully, something our fellowship supports passionately. Where do you fit into FBCL’s efforts in local and world missions? Would it be useful to talk over the opportunities with Jimmy Bryan, our Missions Minister? (This will be our little secret, but he can be reached at jbryan@fbclewisville.org or 972.436.5502.) What are you waiting for?