Nov1FriNovember 1, 2019
Matt’s Morsel - November 2019
If you are anything like me you love to eat! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all of the good food that we get to enjoy this time of year. Getting the chance to spend time with family and friends, and feasting together is always a wonderful time to me. I always look forward to our church family Thanksgiving dinner as well as my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Food satisfies our physical hunger in life, but what about the hunger of our heart. All of us want to belong, to be loved, and to have genuine friendships and community with others. Many people also hunger to succeed in the workplace, in the classroom, on the sports field or court, with their musical talents, and also with art and drama.
Not only do people have hungry stomachs and hearts, but they also have hungry souls that need to be filled. When we have a close friendship with the Lord He satisfies the hunger of our souls. There are two main ways to feed our hungry souls. First of all we need to know and love God and others. In Mark 12:29-31 Jesus says, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” We get to know God by going deeper in our Bible studies, prayer time, reading Christian books and literature, through worshipping God as we sing and listen to great Christian music, and as we live each day to the full for the Lord. We feed our souls nourishment when we come to church and have genuine fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ here at the church.
Second of all we need to help fulfill the Great Commission by making God know to others. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus says, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Once we are in a growing relationship with the Lord we need to reach out and make Him known to others around us. We do this by sharing Him with others, and by looking for and creating opportunities to tell others about God. We also need to be in prayer for those who need God in their lives. The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love, and our love as Christians with others around us.
Youth Man Matt