June 2

With the completion of Memorial Day weekend activities and now the month of June getting started, I thought I might ask us all a couple of questions.

What are your plans for the summer?

Where is God in those plans?

Scripture says this:

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (James 4:13-17)

You see it’s not just about saying the words, “Lord willing,” or “If it be Thy will.” Take a look at your plans. Are you including God in those plans? Have you really prayed and asked God if these plans are within His will? Do your plans reflect someone who claims Jesus as their Lord? Would someone who sees your calendar and plans be surprised to learn that you are a Christian?

I believe there are at least two really good, practical, concrete ways for us to get an accurate feel for what the level of our devotion to Christ really, truly is. One is our checkbook register—how we spend our money. The other is our calendar—how we spend our time. Let’s save the money one for another article.

What does your calendar say about you? We can talk all we want about how much we love the Lord, and how committed we are to the church, and how faithful we are to God. But one of the real tests is to take a look at our activities. We can’t deny how we spend our time. And we will spend our time on the things that are truly important to us. So again, what are your plans for the summer? And where is God in those plans?

We are just getting started with some great Bible classes we will have here every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening throughout this summer. Are you planning on participating? Or have you already made the decision not to be here?

And so let’s add one more searching question:

What does that say about the place Jesus Christ has in your heart?

 

Bill Allen

Dr. Bill Allen preached at South Fork from 2005 to 2015. He received a Bachelors degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian in 1978, a Masters in Bible from Abilene Christian (ACU) in 1988, and a Doctor of Ministry from ACU in 1992. He now preaches at the West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas.

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