“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
My favorite food has always been a bacon cheeseburger. Two beef patties with two slices of melted cheddar cheese on a grilled bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, jalapeños, and fries on the side with ketchup. My mother used to make the best ones for me every year on my birthday, all grilled over charcoal. As I have gotten older, I still get excited for a good burger. However, I have made some healthy updates; turkey patties instead of beef, turkey bacon instead of pork bacon, low-fat cheddar cheese slices, spinach instead of lettuce, a wheat bun, with baked BBQ potato chips instead of fries, all grilled on a George Foreman grill. Let’s keep the tomato, pickles, onions, and jalapeños. And while the new burger is not as flavorful as the original beef burger, I can indulge a bit more without any serious health repercussions. Eating healthy and making periodical evaluations about our diets goes a long way to a long life.
The same can be said about our walk with God. Perhaps there are some things we do to try to pursue God in worship that have become mundane and routine. There are some challenges as we try to build community with our church and spiritual family during this pandemic. Or maybe our service and compassion efforts seem to have dried up. Now is the time to evaluate and upgrade our efforts. Maybe instead of the same routine of prayer in the morning and before meals you could choose a different time during the day to pray and read God’s word. While we are so blessed to have patio services on Sunday mornings, why not try to learn how to use Zoom or FaceTime to have a chat with a friend from church or a family member that needs the gospel? As far as serving and compassion, perhaps you could ask your neighbor if there is something they might need next time you go to the grocery store. Trust God and lean on Him. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. God wants to use you!
Would you be open to partnering with me the rest of this year? How about reaching 1% of the population of Oceanside (1780 of 178,000) together? I would enjoy talking with you more about how together we can transform our city by spreading the love of Jesus Christ. See you on Thursdays on Facebook Live (facebook.com/lccoo/live) at 4pm as we Pursue God in Worship, Build Community, and Unleash Compassion!
Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor