To be baptized is to go public with the fact that you are choosing to follow JESUS. Baptism is for individuals who have personally made a decision to associate with JESUS. Who should be be baptized? Anyone who is old enough to make that decision for themselves to associate with JESUS. Listen to Pastor Michael Longfellow give a sermon on what baptism really means and who it is for.
Listen to Granite Hill’s guest speaker Rev. Cheyne Jackson, as he ministers to Granite Hill Church describing his calling to serve the LORD through Teddy Bears. Cheyne speaks of his journey to help bring comfort to million plus children of Egypt who have been abandoned and often trafficked. Cheyne brings us through an emotional journey as he describes his experiences and how the LORD spoke to him “Tell them there is a love that won’t hurt their bodies.” Listen to hear more about Cheyne’s calling to help serve.
In life we are taught to take a standard of how we are doing. As kids your parents probably helped you know how well you were doing or not. They would say things like “Good job at school” or “You need to stop that.” Good or bad, parents can invest in their kids, but what happens when we become adults? How do we gage how we are doing? We often look for a standard in the people around us and make our assessment about ourselves based on how others are doing. We fall into a comparison trap. If they are successful we feel awful about ourselves and when they are not, we feel better based on their failures. We begin to play the “er” game… richer, skinnier, taller, prettier, happier, etc. There is no win to this game, there is always someone more “er” then you. Life is never better with comparison. We need to refocus and run our own race. God has given everyone their own unique gifts and it is our job to take what God has entrusted us with, good and bad, and run a race that honors God.
Who are we today as a result of the decisions we made yesterday? We make our decisions and our decisions make us. King Solomon shows us how to make good choices that honor God. He could have asked God for anything but in 2 Chron. 1:10 he asks simply for wisdom and knowledge so he could lead God’s people. Wisdom is what gives us insight when making choices in our lives, but how do you get it?
Ecclesiastes 4:6 says, “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” Instead of working ourselves so hard to chase after more stuff, we should look at the blessings we already have and use our free time for the things that matter most to us like family and a relationship with God. We may need to cut back on spending or our schedules or throw out clutter and turn off the TV, but when we do, we will have time for the simple, but important, things in life. We need to let go of what doesn’t matter to us and fight for what does.