Excellence in our Ministries: Claiming the Fruit of Faithfulness. 11/15//2009

(Galatians 5:22-23)

13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Go to Meceirs and ask for the bruised and seconds that they would not serve or sell even for juice. Those are the ones I want.

Go to your broker or financial planner and say, I want to invest in stocks that are mediocre and perform well occasionally, but aren’t very dependable.

Go to utility companies and say, I want your services only when I absolute must have them, but rest of the time I’m not going to use them, nor pay for them.

1. We are a culture seeking Excellence. We want to support champagnes, winners, and gold medalist,

2. We want to be first in business, first in flight, and first in the eyes of the world.

3. What about Church… its ok for it to be on the back burner?

SINCE WE LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Why don’t we experience the gives of the Spirit.. many times — we are running ahead of God.

We are not called to be the best, we called to be in step, to be following Christ.

The Fruit of the Spirit is experienced, when we act the “plant” we were planted to be.

If we are to be ears of corn, producing 100 fold, with each ear…

we can’t do this when we are trying to be okra.

God calls us to be faithful… in step… followers….

If you keep on biting and evouring each other watch out or you will be destroyed by eachother.

Love God Love your neighbor as yourself.

This is what we have been given the freedom of Christ to do… don’t settle, don’t trample, don’t devour… LOVE God and your neighbor, do this with Excellence.

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