"You shall call Him, Jesus."
"Simon, you are now called Peter."
"Saul, you are now called Paul."
"Jacob, you are now called Israel."
How are you at remembering names?
How long does it take for you to remember someone's name?
Some of us write it off and say, "I am not good with names."
What if Jesus said that about you? What if Jesus said to you after you prayed, "What is your name again?"
Jesus knew everyone's name. Jesus records every name in the eternal books.
"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life." Rev 21:27
"Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire." Rev 20:15
When we enter Heaven, Jesus will give us a new name on a white stone. "I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." Rev 2:17
Every person you meet is created by God and Jesus lived and died for. Do you think they are valuable enough for us to stop and value them by getting to know their name?
Every person you meet and encounter is orchestrated by God's sovereign love for reasons God knows.
The value of knowing someone's name...
It is a skill that is learned. It takes practice, rehearsing and plan old hard work.
Can you join Jesus in that every time you meet someone, you realize that that moment is the most important moment. You have an opportunity to meet a treasured child of God whom Jesus wants you to meet. How can you remember their name?
Maybe you can ask the person's name, its spelling and even definition.
Maybe you can try and associate that name with the person somehow.
Maybe you need to introduce that person to someone else by name.
Whatever you need to do to learn a name, you will pour Jesus' love into them.
Can we make an agreement at Southtown Baptist Church?
As soon as the worship service is over can we make a 10 Minute Greet and Meet Time with people we do not know yet?
If someone you know from church comes and talks with you after the worship service, you can remind them of the 10 Minute Greet and Meet Time by saying, "I want to talk with you after the 10 Minute Meet and Greet Time." Then go and find someone you do not know or you do not know very well.
Sound like a great agreement?
How much will the love factor of our church go up if everyone agreed to this?
Seeking to creating a Loving Attractive Community called Southtown Baptist Church,
We live in a very "Me" centered culture. What is in it for me? What are my needs? How can I meet my needs? How can others meet my needs? We make decisions based on how it will help us or not help us.
Has every culture been like this? Are we humans, through history, much different from each other in this area?
What if Jesus lived with this mind set? What if Jesus did only what He wanted or what He felt like doing?
Aren't we grateful that, "even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
One of the beautiful characteristics and abilities of Jesus was to see needs.
He could see the fear in the bleeding woman.
He could see the loneliness in Zaccheus.
He could see the pain in the father whose child was sick.
He could see the broken heart of the leper.
The need that Jesus saw triggered in Him to go and meet that need. Could the motto, "See A Need - Meet A Need," be the beautiful description of Jesus?
Jesus said, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12
Would people describe you as someone that "Sees A Need - Meets That Need?"
How can we become more like Jesus by seeing a need and meeting that need?
Maybe start with a day. Ask Jesus to give you His eyes for one day. Ask Him to help you see the needs in each person you encounter. Then risk by secretly meeting that need. If they are having a rough day at work or have stress due to a family member being sick or what ever it is, serve them with a gift of some kind.
Maybe ask your family to join you with this Secret Servant's idea. Call it SS for Jesus. Work with your family on seeing a need and secretly meeting that need.
Maybe as a church family, we can adopt that motto in order to be more like Jesus.
See A Need - Meet A Need.
Praying to have Jesus' eyes and Jesus' courage,
What inspires you?
How do you get inspired?
Where do you go, who do you connect with and what experiences do you seek in order to be inspired?
Our summer memory verse is an inspirational and alive connection with God.
Ps 27:4 One thing that I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
How does this living and active passage inspire you?
When the Psalmists asks about one thing, why does it seem he is asking three things?
What does it mean "to dwell in the house of the Lord?" What is the Old Testament understanding and New Testament understanding? Take time to contemplate the word "dwell." How are you dwelling these days? How is dwelling giving you life, giving you inspiration?
What does it mean "to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord?"
What beauty of Jesus have you been stunned by recently?
What beauty of Jesus did you see yesterday?
What beauty of Jesus do you hope to see today?
How is gazing upon the beauty of God inspiring you?
What does it mean "to seek Him in His temple?"
What drives your seeking each and every day? What are you seeking? Your own plans and desires? Your employer's plans and desires? Our culture's plans and desires? Jesus' plans and desires?
How is seeking Jesus inspiring you?
To dwell with...
To gaze upon...
Three powerful inspiring experiencing.
Are you taking the time to let this living and active passage inspire you?
Seeking to dwell, to gaze and to seek,
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.