Wednesday, June 3, 2009

W.o.G. Wednesday: Ephesians and Philipians

Ephesians 6:7-8
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Philipians 2:14-15

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
I'm not going to lie, our church demands a lot out of us. We are part of a church plant that was blessed to receive free rent from a loft complex--but that means we have to set everything up on Sunday and take it all back down again after service.

We knew that coming into membership and were prepared to offer our services as much as possible. For J and I, it would sometimes be hard to remember WHO we were setting up for (God), WHY we were setting up (for His Glory), and HOW we were setting up (again, for His Glory)--the when (early!) and where were obviously already established.

I love both of these passages. My parents encouraged me and the twin to memorize them when we were younger and I'm so glad they did--Recalling them while setting up or taking down church helped me put our work into perspective--do everything as if serving the Lord! Would he be pleased with my attitude towards work and the effort i put into it? Did I complain about it or encourage others?

Obviously, these verses are incredible passages of encouragement in any task i undertake. How about folding and stuffing C's pocket diapers? What is my attitude like when I'm cleaning up her toys or when she gets up early and i have to get up with her (uhhh...guilty today!). May I be reminded that everything I do (even writing this blog post!) should be done wholeheartedly and without complaining.

Oh! Our church will be in a brand new building of our very own for the first time this Sunday! We all gave thanks for this new space AND for the incredible church attendees that helped move us from our old space to our new space following last week's service. It goes without saying that everyone did it without complaining and most definitely wholeheartedly! Because of everyone's attitudes, moving the church was a breeze!

So long, cramped kid's church(↑^)! Hello, Wide Open Spaces(↓˅)!

PS In case you haven't checked out my personal blog yet, I've posted a few updates on my grandpa and one of the babies I mentioned over Memorial Day weekend.

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Southern Belle said...

Great post! That's awesome that your church finally has a new home to meet in. What a blessing!

Kathy said...

I am so thankful for you and I KNOW that people IRL have to be!!

It is so easy not to relize that someone sets up and cleans up and plans and executes so we can sit :) You encouraged me to have my kids help me out more during the rough time we are going through. They are doing a lot and I already feel guilty. But you are right. I want them to be the people who come to church a half hour early and get all sweaty in their church clothes serving others. They deserve that opportunity. We will be memorizing those verses too :)

4 Lettre Words said...

So wonderful!

My sons adore our church and Sam is continually quoting Philipians 4:19..."And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."


Dee said...

Those are fantastic!

Adelante4 said...

Aww thats cute. Great to see kids having fun like that.

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Southern Belle said...

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