The Time is Now! by Brian Wuerch

The Time Is Now!

Question:  What could be accomplished for the glory of Christ at FPC if EVERY person in our congregation were fully engaged?  What if we suddenly all moved from the comfort of the Sunday morning pew (or our home recliner) to a state of active participation in God’s call.  It’s time.  Don’t hesitate any longer.  No more excuses.  When Christ called Peter and Andrew, they went.  “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20).

I have heard many excuses over the years during my involvement at FPC.  I’m too busy with work, family, grandkids, personal issues, or relationship problems.  My physical disabilities prevent me from being too active.  I’m too shy.  I’m too distracted.  I’m too old.  Of late, fear of COVID-19 has given many a pass on active church participation.  What are your excuses?  Christ is calling.

Some feel they are not qualified to get involved.  In his 40-day prayer challenge, “Draw the Circle”, author Mark Batterson says, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.”  Want proof?  Read about Moses, Abraham, Noah, Peter, Timothy.  In Hebrews 11:8 we read, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going.”  Put your faith forward and go.  It’s not ready, set, go…It’s go, set, ready!  Christ is calling.

We are each called to be servants of Christ.  To seek first, His kingdom and His righteousness.  (Matthew 6:33).  No excuse, including COVID-19, can impede upon that call.  In 1 Peter 5:2 we are encouraged to, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be…”.  Are you responding to that call?  What if you aren’t?  What blessings is our church and our community missing out on because you are waiting?  Stop waiting.  Stop making excuses.  Start with prayer, then move forward in faith to be an active participant in Christ’s call.  The time is now.

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