Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.11.05



November 5 – November 11




Scripture Passage:  “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase:  So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10


Dear Friends,


     How can we possibly honor the Lord and bring glory to His name?  He is worthy of all our love and praise, so it behooves us to search for ways to display a reverential honor for Him that a secular and materialistic world recognizes.  There are three gifts that everyone possesses that speak volumes about a person’s relationship with Christ.  We may possess more of one than we do of the others.  I feel God blesses us with more of the one that we will use the most to be beneficial in the Kingdom’s work.  These three gifts are finances, time, and talents. 


     Paul told young Timothy that the love of money was the root of all evil. (I Timothy 6:10) He also realized that it took money to minister and to live.  There is a fine line successful people walk between self-sufficiency and dependence upon God.  The money provides amenities that make life more pleasant and the lack thereof causes hardships.  The strange thing is it never produces happiness.  I have known families who were poor as “church mice,” but were happy with what they had and made up for their poverty in an abundance of love.  I have also known wealthy people who used their money to meet human needs and to spread the Gospel around the world. The more they give, the more God seems to give them back in return. The widow in the Bible who gave two mites is celebrated as an example of sacrificial giving because she gave all she had.  Martha is also celebrated because she took the most valuable possession she owned, the alabaster box, and poured its contents out upon the Lord.  Their gifts remind us all that it is not the monetary value of our sacrifice that is measured by the Lord, but the condition of the heart.  Their example should be a reminder to us that as long as each of us does our part by the giving of our first fruits, our barns will never be completely empty of what we need. I promise you that your neighbors know what you do with your money.  So does God!


     The second gift is the most precious to me.  I have often heard people say, “There are not enough hours in the day.”  There have always been twenty-four hours in a day according to God’s creation account.  We have time saving gadgets like computers, cell phones, automobiles and even “automatic washing machines.”  We have riding lawnmowers, dishwashers, and expensive vacuum cleaners, but our homes are piled up and dirtier than they have ever been before.  I know people who have riding lawnmowers in their garage, but still pay others to mow their lawn. The point I am trying to make is this: we still have twenty-four hours in a day.  The only thing that has changed is how we use those hours.  I am totally convinced that people do just exactly what they want to do.  PERIOD!  If they want to clean house, they find the time to do it.  If they want to mow the lawn, they turn the television off and crank up the John Deere. If they want to do something, they turn down that shopping or golf trip and make time for what they deem important.  The crazy thing is everything we do at church in a normal week’s period of time amounts to six hours.  That leaves 162 hours for everything else, but we don’t have time for church because we are so busy. Once again, your neighbors know what you do with your time.  So does God – and your pastor! 


     The third gift is a little more complicated.  Have you ever considered how many different occupations have to be involved to produce an effective community today?  There was a time when a carpenter, stone mason, and potter made up the majority of occupations for the working class of men.  Baking, spinning, weaving and sewing made up the majority of occupations for women.  Today the opportunities to use your talents are limitless.  The problem is that we have become lazy and complacent.  We would rather for someone else to do the work and we get to enjoy the benefits.  Jesus said that a man who would not use his God given talents was fit for nothing but to cast out into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.  (Matthew 25:30)  I see a problem that has developed in the modern day church.  People will use the talents God has given them in the secular world, but refuse to use those talents in the Lord’s work.  They withhold the very thing they are best at because they have to do it every other day of the week.  Why would you not showcase your talents for the glory of God?  He is the one who blessed you with the abilities you possess.  It is the least you can do to “pay it forward,” for His glory and the benefit of others.  Everyone is good at something.  Find out what it is and then shine for Jesus.  Your neighbors may not read the Bible or go to church, but I promise you they are reading the book you are writing with your life.


     Use the gifts God has blessed you with so that one day you may hear the Master say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant:  You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny