Faith From the Front Row: Leave it all on the field
Dear Grace City,
*The following are some short Monday morning pastoral reflections from Pastor Adam following Sunday's sermon. Be encouraged and have a great week!
"Leave it all on the field!”
That’s what’s ringing in my ears. "Leave it all on the field." Today. This week. This year. Your life. For Jesus.
As I watched hundreds of you who call Grace City “home” coming forward with your bricks and gifts…tears in eyes, hugging, high five-ing, humbled, privileged to be a part of such a worthy endeavor…the second thought that hit me was, “the Body of Christ is amazing! I love the family of God!” And when you get a “family” focused and devoted on the “mission”…man oh man… there’s just nothing better.
When it comes to “harvest” and “mission” in the Christian life, the biblical picture is one of focus, integrity, & hard work.
Soldiers, athletes, and farmers all get this. Paul chose these three professions when instructing Timothy on the work of the ministry…all three give a window into the characteristics and qualities essential for any significant mission or endeavor.
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” - 2 Tim. 2:3-6
When the Body of Christ focuses on the mission of harvest (soldier), lives lives of integrity and obedience (athlete), and works hard (farmer)…we are on the right track. That’s how you "leave it all on the field."Stay the course, Grace City!
“Father, we thank you for the joyful gathering of generous hearts yesterday as we brought our bricks and offerings in faith. We pray for your continued hand of guidance and protection and blessing as we endeavor to live faithfully to Your call and mission for us here in the Wenatchee Valley and beyond. Help us stay focused as we daily enter the harvest field of hurting souls that more people might meet, love, and follow Jesus. Help us leave it all on the field! For Your Name alone, amen!”
For the Harvest,