“I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigour and zest, but you’re dead, stone-dead.

“Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there’s life in you yet. But I wouldn’t know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God’s work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears—grasp it again and turn back to God.

“If you pull the covers back over your head and sleep on, oblivious to God, I’ll return when you least expect it, break into your life like a thief in the night.

Revelation 3: 1b-3 [The Message]

 

What is your reputation like? Are you resting on a good reputation or struggling to improve a damaged one? The church in Sardis appears to have been resting on its reputation. A good reputation is a treasure of high value - but it is not a guarantee of future performance or salvation. We are busy doing our “busywork” but how much of God’s work have we completed?

 

Action:

Consider how your reputation compares to the way God sees you. If you have a good reputation, can you do something to complete one small part of God’s work today? Evaluate the gifts you have been given and take stock of how you are using them. If you are a teacher, teach a valuable lesson; if there is someone in your family or neighbourhood who needs help, set aside some time to do something or say something that makes a difference to them – it doesn’t matter if nobody knows about it, in fact that is the best way.

 

Prayer:

Lord, open my eyes to see the needs of those around me. Help me to build a reputation based on the gifts you have given me. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Dave MacLellan
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth; a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord’. Psalm 40:1-3 [NIV]

 

Do you find waiting hard? Would you say you are a patient person? Have you asked God for something, but have had no response yet?

 

Psalm 40 reassures us that God does hear us when we cry out to Him, especially when we are desperate. Sometimes God allows us to go to that place of desperation so that our cries to Him are heartfelt and real. Then God lifts us up and gives us that hope and security that we have been longing for.

 

Yet God goes above and beyond this security, He changes us, He changes our hearts so that we can give Him praise and thanksgiving.

 

So if you are waiting on God today, rest assured that He has a new song to give to you. Trust in Him and give Him your praise and stand secure on His rock.

 

Father God, thank you that your desire for me is to trust you and patiently wait for you. Thank you that you are always there to help me. May my heart be filled with praise so that I can live in the fullness of your love. Amen

 

Heidi Timms
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

‘We rejoice in the hope of glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us’. Romans 5: 2b-5 [NIV]

 

Do you ever feel like giving up? Are you just fed up with your lot? Are you struggling with life?

 

This week we are going to look at God’s promises through the Bible. Don’t give up because God loves YOU and He wants you to know His love and care right now.

 

In Romans, Paul assures us of the hope that we can have in God. He urges us to ‘rejoice’ in our sufferings because the end result brings us hope and strength of character.

 

But how can we be happy when life gets tough? When we feel weak and helpless?

 

We can simply come to God and reach out to His hands, where He will scoop us up and hold us. He will not disappoint and if we open up our hearts He will pour out His love through His Holy Spirit. Will you give it a go?

 

Father God, you know there are times when I feel like giving up because my suffering feels like too much to bear. Please would you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, rescue me and assure me of the hope of your glory. Amen

 

Heidi Timms
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald.

The rich young ruler had to decide between riches and Jesus. He chose his riches and walked sadly away.

 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” Mark 10: 23 [NIV]

 

and Jesus repeated himself to make the point:

 

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10: 24, 25.

Read more: The Midweek Message - Who then can be saved?

The rich young ruler claimed to have kept the commandments. Yet clearly this was not enough for his passport to eternal life. “What still do I lack?” he asked Jesus.

 

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”Matthew 19: 21 [NIV]

 

Jesus touches a raw nerve in the man’s life: his wealth. Jesus is saying, “You have to decide between your present life and eternal life, between treasure on earth and treasure in heaven, between the security you have in your money and the security you will have as my follower.”

Read more: The Midweek Message - If you want to be perfect

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