ARE YOU ALL IN?

ARE YOU ALL IN?

Have you ever wondered how all of the maintenance is completed in our churches? Do you know who does the painting, pulls the weeds in the flower gardens, completes the Spring and Fall cleaning of the buildings, washes windows, helps with weddings and funerals, and/or decorates as needed? This is just an example of a long list of items that need to be accomplished to maintain our buildings. Below, I am going to tell each of you how you can be all in for God and serve him in your church.
 
Have any of you ever played poker? Even though Greg and I just returned from a few days in Las Vegas, I’m not encouraging anyone to engage in games of chance or to squander his or her money by gambling. By the way, we don’t really enjoy gambling. Anyway, there is a term used in the card game of poker known as “all in.” The player looks at his or her cards and if they look like winners, the player wages all of his or her chips. As an analogy to the game of poker, I would like to teach you how to be all in for God.
 
We each get 5 cards-God’s word-Isaiah 40:8-The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”; His presence- Matthew 28:20-And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”; adoption- John 1:12-13-Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God; children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God; clear call-to victory, relationship, to witness; eternity-John 14:1-3-Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
 
Are you going to be all in, or are you going to trade a card for 15 minutes of fame, retiring in luxury, or another worldly desire? This hand of five cards is the one dealt to us as believers. So, what is our response? All in-worship-more than just attending church, but giving God adoration and praise at all times; group-to have a Godly connection with 5 or 6 others; a place to confess and confide; serving-school, work, neighborhood; tithing-anteing up is a start, but the call to holiness is to be all in with a tithe; telling others-we’re believers living between the books of Acts(start of the church) and Revelation (Jesus’ return). We need to tell people about the hand we’ve been dealt.
 
I have ideas of how each of us can live out our hand at LeValley and Berlin Center United Methodist Churches. Adult, non-members can join the church, teens can take a confirmation class, or the unbaptized can be baptized. Signing up to serve in worship at least once a month plays two cards, worship and serving. There are also vacancies on most of the church committees.
 
My challenge to each of us is to journal for one week how we spend our waking hours. My guess, and my hope, is that we could find one hour that we are wasting to give to the church each week. That doesn’t literally have to mean an hour a week. It could be four hours a month or a full day every so often.
 
I know I am rambling, but I am excited. I have seen some already decide to be all in for Jesus and I know there are more of you ready to take that leap. There is so much we can do for God at LeValley and Berlin Center, both inside and outside the church walls. We just need the passion and the energy to look at the hand God has dealt us and play our cards faithfully.
 
If you serve me, you must go with me. My servants will be with me wherever I am. If you serve me, my Father will honor you.
 
John 12:26(CEV)
 
 
Pastor Nancy