Years ago I heard that Chuck Swindoll, one of my favorite Christian leaders, was going to be preaching at our church up in Denton, Texas. As I began to look forward to hearing him preach, I heard that the title of his sermon was “Our Most Ridiculous Sin,” which only made me anticipate hearing him preach even more! That evening, Swindoll had us open up our Bibles to Luke 12:22-34 and revealed the sin that he thought as the most ridiculous sin of all: worry. Our tendency to be anxious and stress out and get all worked up is what he termed our most ridiculous sin. Why is it ridiculous? Why is it so non-sensical, absurd, foolish? That night Swindoll pointed to two reasons. First, because by worry we cannot add anything to our lives (Luke 12:25)…worry doesn’t do us any good! Second, worry only obscures the fact that all we have comes from a loving Father who is good and aware of all of our needs and faithful to provide for us. He ended with the point that if worry is our most ridiculous sin, then the wisest and most potent antidote to worry is trust.
I love to use my hands and my creativity to build things…sometimes they even turn out! Recently, I was working on a project and I just kept hitting roadblock after roadblock. I wasted some time and money purchasing some items for my project because I measured wrong. Then I ruined a piece of material because I cut it at the wrong length. I had gotten in a hurry and forgotten the oldest line in the woodworker’s handbook…measure twice and cut once. Going slowly and carefully, using the right measure will produce the best result.
I had the privilege this week of serving a faithful member of our church by speaking at her father’s funeral. While he cared for his daughter greatly and showed her much love and support, as far as anyone knew he never responded to the gospel message of Jesus…that he could be forgiven of his sins and live in an eternal relationship with God the Father. While every funeral is difficult, burying someone who did not know Jesus is a grievous and heartbreaking thing.
Redeemer Community Church is a part of Christ Together Katy, a growing network of pastors and churches in Katy who share the vision of giving every man, woman, and child in Katy the repeated opportunity to see, hear, and respond to the Gospel. In fact, I provide point leadership to this hopeful ministry.
There have been recently in the news reports of how Christians have been marginalized, mistreated, and in some cases, killed, because of their faith in Jesus Christ. These accounts should create in us a sobered understanding of the times in which we live as well as a commitment to pray for God’s grace to these mistreated believers and their families. However, there is one thing these reports should never produce in our lives…fear.
Our everyday mission is to help lead people of all ages into the JOY of following Jesus and helping others do the same. Come be part of celebrating that joy as we open our new worship center Sunday August 30.