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We can all find some sort of service we can do, further making Him Lord of our lives

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Ron HemphillHebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.

I hope you had an amazing celebration of Resurrection Sunday, Easter. I know many of us met at Pioneer Park for Easter Sunrise, what a blessing it was. We were able to worship and celebrate with so many of our Christian brothers and sisters from several different churches in our community. Saturday, we had 2 inches of snow and then Sunday was coming fresh and clear, cold but no snow, and the sun poked out over the horizon, putting God's seal of approval on us.

Then we all attended our individual services at our home churches, and I'm sure the celebration continued. But where do we go from here? We see the answer here in this verse out of Hebrews. The Cross of Christ is our beginning as Children of God, as men and women, boys and girls of faith. Just like a newborn baby, we start off on milk and while we are so glad for it, milk alone won't sustain us forever. We begin to desire more, something more substantial, something solid. For me, it's meat and potatoes, but then I am old fashioned.

We all begin our journey, our walk as Christians, at the same place, at the foot of the Cross. We acknowledge we are sinners and that we need a savior. We believe Jesus died for our sins and three days later, arose from the grave. We ask Him to forgive us of our trespasses and come into our hearts, our lives. Then what? We find a church where we can feel at home. We learn how to worship. Isn't it funny that you can go to church in a foul mood, then the music starts and somehow, some way, that foot of yours just begins to tap time with the music, you start clapping your hands and then your voice finds a song?

The preacher shares an anointed sermon, and it provokes a question that must be answered. So, you begin to dig and search for the answer, reading, studying for yourself, asking those around you, "What does this mean?" You begin to pray. I've heard so many say, "Pastor, I don't know how to pray." I simply tell them to speak from their hearts to their Heavenly Father. He is waiting to hear from you, He desires to hear your voice. But you just feel like something is missing.

Get involved. I am sure that there is something you can do somewhere within the parameters of your church or faith. We read in Ephesians 6:1, "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Hmmm, what does that mean? It means that you are unique and wonderfully made, and that God knows you! -- yes you, so much so that the Bible says that God even knows the number of the hairs on your head, no matter if it's a lot or a few. Hair is not that important to God, but your heart is.

We can all find some sort of service we can do, further making Him Lord of our lives. We all have a part, and we are all responsible for the Gospel in our hearts. If nothing else, you can share with others what God has done for you -- yes you, your individual testimony. So many times in the Gospel, Jesus would heal the sick, perform a miracle and say go and tell no one. People are amazing. When Jesus touches your life, you just can't keep it quiet -- you are excited to share it with anyone and everyone who will listen.

So, where do we go from here? Maturity. Let's begin to get a hold of the truths of God's Word and begin to grow and be a productive man, woman, boy or girl for the Lord. You won't regret it.

Ron Hemphill is the pastor at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.


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