Sunday, December 11, 2016

We had a wonderful day today in the Lord’s house.  It’s always a blessing to be able to go to the house of the Lord and hear messages from the Lord.  We had 21 kids to ride the bus this morning.  What a blessing.


This morning for Sunday school we continued our lesson in Ruth 2 with Ruth being a hard worker.  Ruth was a person that was willing to work; she was willing to get her hands dirty to provide for herself and Naomi her Mother-in-law.  Ruth did what she could in order to provide for her family.  As a Christian we should be workers.  We shouldn’t be a lazy bum, but we should be a worker.  Our life in lived in years, but what matters the most is what we did in those years.  In those years we should work and do things for the Lord and for others.  If we are lazy we are of no value to others or to God.  If we want to be of value and to be used by God we have got to learn to work.  Work is a lot of times not enjoyable, but work is necessary.  If we are willing to work God will use us and so will others.  No one wants to use a lazy person; they only want to use someone that is willing to work.  Are we valuable to our parents, our friends, our pastor, but most importantly are we valuable to God?  How valuable are you?


This morning Pastor preached out of John 6:66-68 on “Walking Away From God for the Last Time.”  This thought is very important.  We can get so concerned about those that are walking away from God that if we are not careful, we will walk away from God as well.  We can stay in church and walk away from God.  Just because we are still in church doesn’t mean that we are close to God.  Those in this chapter and those today make a conscious decision that they were not going to go that far with God.  If we are not careful we will walk away for the last time.  Walking away from God doesn’t mean we have to be lost.  In Ruth 1:1-5 we see Elimelech and his family walking away from God.  For Elimelech and Mahlon on Chilion it was for the last time because they never made it back to the Bethlehem-Judah.  People will let a job take them away from God.  Young people will let someone of the opposite sex that they like to draw them away from God.  There was a desire in their heart to come back, but they never made it back.  Sadly today, for those that walk away from God, many never make it back.  In Colossians 4:13-14 and 2 Timothy 4:10 we see Demas.  He never got back to where he was.  When we walk away from what we know is right, we are walking away from God.  It doesn’t just happen overnight, it is a process of days.  Demas loved this present world more than he did God.  Then we see the rich young ruler.  If you are lost, there will be something keeping you from getting saved.  The rich young man walked away sad and walked away for the last time.  We also see Judas.  He heard the greatest Person to ever live and saw the greatest miracles yet he walked away from God for the last time.  He did all that he wanted to do but he didn’t get what he wanted.  Lastly we see Enoch.  He walked away with no regrets because he walked with God until the day he was taken up in a whirl wind.  He ended his life with God walking beside him.  He is still walking with God today.  If we walk away from God we should pray that we would die before we ever walked away from God.  Never quit on God, Enoch never did.  If we are not careful we will walk away for the last time.  Where are you at with God?