Jesus saved, now what will you do for God?

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Minister's Forum

My Lenten message is called, “What will you do for God?” It is based on the parable Jesus told of the two sons who were asked to go in the vineyard; one obeyed the father, and the other did not.

I urge you to read the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 21: verses 28-32.
Many years ago, I asked my oldest son, Mark, to mow the lawn. He could have refused, but he didn’t.
He could have said he would mow the lawn, and then proceeded to forget it. But he didn’t.
Here was a son who did what his father asked him to do.
There was another son who obeyed his father. Our Heavenly Father asked his son, Jesus, to serve him, and Jesus did.
Jesus has asked us to serve him. What will be our response?
There are many tasks waiting to be done for God’s kingdom, activities in his church for us, God’s children, to do.
The answers to God’s request to serve are numerous. Many will say, ‘no;’ others will say ‘yes,’ but later change their minds.
What will you do for God?
Jesus was told, “You shall call your son Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” So, before he was born, Jesus’ mission was established.
What would he do? He would win for his people, forgiveness for his sins.
And he would deliver us, his people, from the hurts, harms and scars that sins bring into our lives. He would gain everlasting life for his people.
Jesus declared, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” When we were lost in sin, we were not where we ought to be. We were out of position in the plan and strategy of God for our lives, and this separated us from God.
Christ came to reclaim this lost portion of society.
He came to earth to identify himself with the predicaments of mankind.
He came reassuring us that we might have life and have it abundantly. He came with a gracious invitation – “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you peace. Take my yolk and learn from me.”
He was sent from God, that “who so ever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
As Christians, we are given the responsibility and the task of sharing the love of God with others. Jesus, viewing the world, said this: “I tell you, lift up your eyes and see how the fields are ready for harvest.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.”
As Christians of the churches in Vandalia, we are the ones who should be answering the call from God.
We are the ones who have been called to be not only the hands and the feet of God, but also the voices of Christ, speaking out for God in this community.
It is up to us to teach others about the loved of God and about what Jesus said we needed to do to be pleasing in the sight of God.
God is waiting at the vineyard. He asks us to go and work in the vineyard today. The gates of the vineyard have been opened wide for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The world needs what the church has to give. Knowing this, what will you do for God?