Are You Actively Pursuing the Church's Purpose?

According to Jesus the Greatest Commandments are to love God and love people (Matt. 22:37-40). If you actively and regularly pursue these objectives, you are on a course that follows God's heart and ways. In doing so, you are putting the church body in a position to be the greatest kind of witness they can be. -- "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (Jn. 13:35)
 
A Word of Caution: Don't rest on your laurels. Remember the church of Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7). You can fall from the heights of love. Outwardly you can look like you are doing okay but not truly be fulfilling God's purposes. Don't be deceived.
 
A Word of Challenge: Stay alert. Guard your heart. You will never arrive (Phil. 3:12). Remember the Apostle Paul's prayer for the Philippians: "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight" (Phil. 1:9). Paul continues on why it is so important to keep growing in this area: "so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ -- to the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:10-11). If you want to be the kind of leader who excels, maintains integrity, bears fruit, and glorifies God, then "your love must abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight."
 
A Scripture Passage to Dwell On: Ephesians 3:16-19
 
A Question to Ponder: What can you do to make sure you stay the course, that you not only continue to actively pursuing God's purpose for the church but grow in it?
 
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