Last Sunday we looked at the one leper out of ten that came back to give praise and glory to Jesus for what He had done. My personal feeling is that ingratitude is the greatest sin of the church. As I mentioned, E.M. Bounds says that prayerlessness is the greatest sin, but I disagree. Prayerlessness comes from a lack of gratitude. If we are truly thankful to the Lord, truly believe in what He has done, and what He will do, prayer becomes second nature to believers. Gratitude is motivational, ingratitude leaves us clueless why we do what we do in the kingdom of God. Gratitude values the death of Christ on the cross, ingratitude make the cross “no big deal.” Gratitude stimulates, ingratitude stagnates. Gratitude is an attitude of thanksgiving, an attitude of satisfaction, ingratitude cries out for more. Hopefully, we are not part of the nine that go away almost as if God owes them something. Hopefully, we are like the one that came back, and came back, and came back again and again to say “Thank You Lord for Saving My Soul.” This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a great time to remember and to be thankful for all that we are blessed with in this great nation.
Tonight we gather at Jones Memorial United Methodist for our Community Wide Thanksgiving Service. It is a great time when we come together with different churches in our community to worship the Lord and be thankful. We also take an offering that goes to provide gasoline, an occasional meal and at times lodging, for those traveling through our area who are in need. I hope you will show up. The choir will rehearse at 6:30p.m. if you want to sing with the Methodist choir. Each year we have a different speaker from the churches in our area. Tonight the minister at the Lutheran church on Germantown Road will speak. Join other Crosspath members for this special worship event. There will be special music and a great time of fellowship and worship.
On Wednesday evening we have been studying and discussing the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (temperance).” And then Paul points out why the fruit can be seen in my life and yours. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passion and desires.” He also in this same statement tells us why there is no fruit; because we haven’t crucified the desires of the flesh. What that means practically is that the absence of fruit, all of this fruit, is because we have allowed our fleshly attitudes, our fleshly desires, our selfishness, to rule our lives and not the Holy Spirit. How do we live a selfless life, one that allows the fruit of the Spirit to be seen in practical ways, in every day ways? We do that by not always thinking about what we need, or what we did not get, or I want things my way, or they left me out, and instead we say, “Lord, I submit my desires, my passions, my agenda, my opinions to You. Take me, mold me, make me, use me, or don’t. It is totally about you.” Practice bearing the fruit of the Spirit and not the fruit of your old life, the flesh, and see what a difference it will make in your life, your family and in this church. I love you. Sheri and I have missed being there but we took a few days off for some rest. Thanks for all that you do in His name!