I am elated to introduce my guest blogger, husband, and pastor: Don Winters. Don pastors at First Baptist Church of Carthage, is a CARE Board Member, and is currently trying to raise money for Hope 2 Liberia by sponsoring a one-mile run/walk on July 20. Don writes a Midweek Connection for his congregation in hopes of building a bridge between his sermons on Sunday mornings and real world living throughout the week. The following is this week’s Midweek Connection. I pray you find it thought-provoking.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27)
The world around us gets a picture of what God is like by looking at the church.
What kind of god do they see?
Is it the god of the deist who is unwilling to intervene in the midst of horrible suffering?
Is it the legalistic god that is just waiting for you to mess up?
Maybe it is the “anything goes god.” This god’s only desire is for you to be happy right now no matter what it ultimately costs you and those around you.
None of these are the God of the Bible.
The God of the Bible is holy, just, and full of mercy. The God of the Bible, at great sacrifice, came to seek and save the lost. This same God sent us the Comforter (John 14:16), not so we can be comfortable; but because if we live as the body of Christ, we will need the Comforter in the places and situations He sends us.