DO SOMETHING Andy Hollifield 7-28-18
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Always abounding in the “work.” Not in just singing, preaching, and worship, but also in the “work.” We are living in a day of clean Christianity where no one wants to get their hands dirty. We will bus them in and bus them out but we have a call to go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that God’s house might be full. I met some guys a few years back that went walking through a community in Macon county giving out Easter baskets to kids and talking to their parents and inviting them to church. As a result, they had the opportunity to lead three souls to the Lord that day. It was a rough neighborhood but if those men had of stayed where it was comfortable, those folks may not have heard about Jesus.
The scripture above pretty much tells us that God didn’t save any of us to sit around on the stool of do nothing. That was a common term when I was growing up but we don’t hear it much anymore. It gets down to where we live and that ain’t always comfortable. In 2 Timothy 1:9 the bible says that God “hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose…” If God has saved you, he has a purpose for you. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
“All things” means both the good and the bad are being worked together by God for our benefit. I think of that verse like taking medicine as a child. I think it was Turpentine that mom would get on the tip of her finger and rub in the back of our throat when we had a sore throat. Whatever it was, I can remember it making me gag and I dreaded to have to get it. I didn’t realize at the time that even though it tasted bad and made me gag and wasn’t pleasant at all, it was all part of a plan to get me well again. I didn’t know when I was real small that Methiolate, when put on a cut or scrape, helped keep me from getting an infection. All I knew was that it burned for a minute. That’s how the bad things in life are for us. They are working together with all the good and the grace of God to help accomplish God’s purpose in our lives. The one thing that I didn’t do as a child, was sit around and not play because I was afraid something bad would happen and I would have to be treated and experience either the gagging or burning depending on what was wrong.
We have gotten so afraid of getting hurt or made fun of or criticized, that we are living far below what God expects out of us. He has a purpose for each of our lives. He has something that he has enabled you to do. Matthew 25:15 is even referenced on Dictionary.com as “a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement.” It talks about that talents were given “to every man according to his several ability.” I know in bible times it is used referring to money. Regardless of that it is something given to you to use and make gains with. Some people think that because they may not be great at something they shouldn’t do it. God don’t choose us for work based on our ability but on our availability. He can make us able for whatever he wants us to do. Another old saying is “God don’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” We just have to be obedient.
A friend of mine made a statement recently that he knew from the time God called him to preach that his calling was to be a pastor. I wasn’t that way. I spent a lot of years not knowing exactly what the Lord’s will for my life was. That bothered me a lot but little did I know that, even though I wasn’t aware of it, God was getting me ready for what he wanted me to do. He knew the whole time but I didn’t. I was thinking the other day that even back in my early days of ministry when I was going visiting a lot of different churches, God was getting me known, not for my glory but for his. His purpose at that time was to be what my pastor called a pinch-hitter for whoever needed one. I got a reputation of being willing to fill in on a moments notice and also that I wouldn’t hurt a pastor’s church. When I began H.O.P.E. Ministries in 2002, it was several of those same churches that had known me for years and had allowed me at various times to fill their pulpit, that were among the first to take us on for support. Back in June of 1986, I had no idea what God was going to do with me but I am thankful he already had a purpose for me. Helping mommas and babies, and others in the darkest hours of their lives is what God has given me to do. Don’t get me wrong, my first calling is to preach the gospel and I do every chance I get. My other passion is helping those in the highways and hedges by meeting their physical needs if I can and also addressing their spiritual needs. Getting the gospel out to a lost and dying world. That is the same call you have on your life. Sometimes we just have to get our hands dirty and meet the man in the ditch where he is helpless and in need. That is what Christ done when he was here. He met their needs and it says “he healed them all”.
I don’t say any of that in a boastful way, I am just trying to explain my God-given purpose. He may have me to pastor again someday but I am content with what I am doing until he does something else. We all have something we can do. Our ministry has had people who knit and crochet making toboggans and scarves for us for several years. Most of them are older folks and many not able to get out and do for others. But by using their gift and talent, they can bless veterans and babies at Christmas from the comfort of their own home. We have people that volunteer and come three times a year to help pack shoeboxes, backpacks, and Easter baskets. They often bring their kids with them to get them started helping others. Us and our volunteers are just a group of people using the talents that God has given us to try to abound in the work. If you are still on this earth and just drew a breath, God isn’t done with you yet. You may be a musician, janitor, greeter, or anything else. Colossians 3:23 says “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” If we all do what God wants us to do, there will be a whole lot that gets done if we all just “do something.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!