Is it Worth It?

I’m looking forward to 2017.

We are possibly living in one of the most challenging times for the New Testament church.  Recently I had a conversation that began to really open my eyes to the reality of the world’s current situation. What was so revealing?  I was asked, “How far do you want to go to help this person?  Are you really going to risk that much time, effort, and possibly even personal finances to help someone that acts like they don’t care at all about life?”

This really made me wonder, “Is it worth it?”

What is God saying about the current reality of the church?

After I was feeling perplexed about the challenge to my motives, I searched out and found the study bible I used in 1981 while in seminary attending a class on Jeremiah.  This study of Jeremiah was one of the greatest turning points of my life.  I began reading only the highlighted sections.

“Before I formed you I knew you…”

“Before you were born I set you apart…”

“I appointed you as a prophet to the nations…”

I looked in the margin and saw my notes…

Today I receive your calling, O Lord.  I accept your appointment, I receive the words you have put in my mouth, to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.

When I finally got to chapter 8, I was weeping, for it dawned on me that here is where I am – an appointed time.  When I read Jeremiah 8:21 I remembered the most dangerous prayer I have ever prayed…

My heart is crushed because my dear people are being crushed.  I go about crying and grieving.  I am overwhelmed with dismay.

This is the type of compassion that will change a nation of people from going in the wrong direction, to truly following Jesus Christ.

It will take a true New Testament style of church to do this.  A church totally sold out, a Holy Spirit filled church doing the same things they did to launch the church to begin with.

It’s like we have been sitting in a lifeboat and people are drowning in the water around us, and we are studying the strategies, the options, the plans, and the values, but we never throw out a life preserver.

My heart is crushed…  There is a balm in Gilead.

Be careful what you pray for, God may want you to do it.
 
Rick Dorman
Lead Pastor RHBC

One Response to “Is it Worth It?”

  1. Valerie says:

    Pastor Rick so many times I had to rethink a lot of things you’ve said and when I applied it to what you’re saying it work out for me . Just like yesterday I still have what you were talking about in my head because I was wondering HOME MUCH I NEEDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE FOR GOD TO hear my Prayers and what was Enough and then you said just a MUSTARD SEED OF FAITH that no matter what the God I serve will make away so again THANK YOU for keeping the Light Shinning for me to see the way.

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