"Chapel Chatter"

     We have had a pretty exciting summer here at the Community Chapel of Hesston.  We were able to send over sixty young people to Camp Calvary this year where not only did they have an awesome week of doing fun activities and building new friendships, but they were also challenged by the preaching and teaching during the chapel sessions and devotional times during those weeks.  We also had many of our youth and adults camping over at the church property during our annual Missions Week where we were able to go all throughout the community doing home repair projects and being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  Once again, we had a successful Vacation Bible School which averaged about 115 young people every night that we were able to share with them about the never-ending forgiveness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Also, later this summer, the Bead Booth Ministry at the Huntingdon County Fair was filled with opportunity after opportunity to share with others about who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives.


     In short, we have had a pretty crazy, busy summer…but now that things are winding down and we sort of “take a break” from certain planned ministries here at the church, does that mean that we as Christians just “take a break?”  “Take a break” from doing what we were called to do on this earth and allowing God to use us in a great way for His glory?


     A verse that I was challenged with over this summer is Colossians 3:23, which is the theme verse at Camp Calvary.  Here the Apostle Paul says this, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”  Meaning whatever you do…whether that is help out at Missions Week, be a volunteer for Vacation Bible School, partner with us at the Bead Booth…we should do it with all of our heart, and do it for the Lord.  But what also falls in the category of the word “whatsoever” is our jobs, different hobbies we enjoy, our families, our relationships, etc.  This isn’t just talking about “church stuff.’’  That anything and everything that we do here on this earth, we need to give it all that we are!  We shouldn’t just go through this life with the attitude of “this is good enough” or just doing as little as possible just to make it to where we are supposed to…but we need to do it with all of our heart!


     And the second part of this verse is key…who are we doing it for?  We are not doing it for the pastor, we are not doing it for our boss, we aren’t doing it for our parents, or our coaches, or our friends…and we aren’t doing it for ourselves either…but it’s for the Lord!  God has blessed each and every one of us with certain talents and certain abilities that other people don’t have.  And God didn’t give them to you because you worked for them or because you deserve them; He gave them to you because He loves you, and He wants you to use them for His glory!


     Our theme this year during Missions Week was “Being a Servant of Jesus,” and ultimately that is what it is all about…using the abilities and resources that God has given you, and using them to the full for His glory.  As followers of Jesus Christ, this isn’t just something we do for a few weeks during the summer…but being a servant of Jesus Christ is a lifestyle.  Jesus promises us in Matthew 25 that if this is where our focus is in life, and we strive each and every day to bring glory to Him in all that we do, He promises us that when we stand before God one day we will hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23).


     I don’t know about you, but I want to hear those words someday.  So even though the busyness of summer church ministries are almost over, that does not mean that we “take a break” from being a servant of Jesus Christ.  Let’s strive to live a life of service for our King for as long as He has called us to be here on this earth.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For His Glory,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pastor Doug Wagner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  September 2018


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