For 2018 our church theme is ‘Others’.
This focus of ‘Others’ comes with some challenges, one of them being ‘balance’. How do we put others first, not damage ourselves in the process, and glorify God? But these challenges are not enough to for us to withdrawal from making ‘Others’ our focus. There are, however, some keys to being able to get the balance. Listen here to learn these keys.
By putting ‘Others’ as our focus, we are in good company.
“It was Christmas Eve 1910. General William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army was an invalid and near the end of his life – it was impossible for him to attend the Army’s annual convention.
Someone near the General suggested that Booth send a telegram to be read at the opening of the convention to the many Salvation Army soldiers in attendance as an encouragement for their many hours of labour serving others throughout the holidays and the old winder months. Booth agreed.
Funds were limited and telegrams charged by the word, so to ensure as much money as possible would still go to help the needy, General Booth decided to send a one-word message. He searched his mind and reviewed his years of ministry, seeking the one word that would summarise his life, the mission of the Army and encourage the soldiers to continue on.
When the thousands of delegates met, the moderator announced that Booth could not be present due to his failing health. Gloom and pessimism swept across the convention floor until the moderator announced that Booth had sent a telegram to be read at the start of the first session. He opened the message and read just one word:
“Others. Signed, General Booth”
It’s a great story but it’s the underlying conviction behind it that makes it even more powerful.
“I will tell you the secret: God has had all that there was of me. There have been men with greater brains that I, even with greater opportunities, but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart and caught a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with me and them, on that day I made up my mind that God should have all of William Booth, all there was. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army, it is because God has had all the adoration of my heart, of the power of my will, and all the influence in my life.”
Let’s ask ourselves, ‘What could God do through me if I gave Him our all? If He had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence over my life?’
That’s OUR goal as a church. To be a people who give all to God and to live it out. We’ll make mistakes. We won’t be perfect. But we are focused on trying, on accepting His grace, on offering His forgiveness, and on trying again.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31