To The Faithful
Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • October 4, In the year of our Lord, 2015
Often we direct our teaching to
the complainer, and
Tonight I want to address those who DO NOT have to be
before they will attend the worship service or
work in and for the church.
I do not mean to sound sarcastic, but
you might be surprised by how much time
church leaders spend in dealing with
the weak, unfaithful, and the troublemakers.
We work with many
who are weak and
they still miss.
Tonight I will not address
those who complain the most
while doing the least.
To the Faithful: It Is Hard to Express How Wonderful You Are
Sometimes we forget your efforts in the church and for the Lord.
However, you know that He never forgets.
Blessed are you, because
nothing keeps you from attending.
The weather, company, and other matters do not stop you.
You are dependable;
we do not have to replace you at the last minute, because
you are reliable in doing your duties in the church.
You Have Distractions
You have the same distractions as others, but
you have set your priorities right.
Jesus described you well in Matthew 6, and
I am persuaded that the Lord will bless you
for putting His church first in your life,
33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6.33).
It is not that you do not have
the same sicknesses in your family, or
that you do not have the same need for rest, or
that family never comes to see you, but
you know what place the kingdom has in your life and
nothing deters you from it.
May your tribe increase.
You Always Support Good Works
The good works of the church will always find your willing support.
You support good works with your money.
You support good works with your hands.
It is so automatic with you
that you will back a work with your
that we forget to recognize you.
However, the beauty of it is
that you do not look for recognition,
except from the Lord.
However, we want you to know
that the Lord has recognized your work and
He will not forget what you have done.
Matthew 10 gives us the assurance
that even something small (small in the eyes of men),
is not forgotten by God;
it might even be forgotten by you, but
God remembers it,
42 “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward” (Matt 10.42).
Hebrews 6 even goes so far to say
that it would be wrong on God’s part,
if He forgot the good
that you have done for His people,
who are the church,
10 “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Heb 6.10).
Revelation 14 pronounces a blessing upon you, because
you have been a blessing to the church, and
you have been a blessing to the world,
10 “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them’” (Rev 14.10).
You do not just come in and sit in a pew, but
you visit with other members,
you greet our guests,
you teach classes,
you encourage the fainthearted,
you rebuke the sinners,
you submit yourself to those leading some good work,
in other words you are not a hindrance
to a work, nor
to the workers,
so people in the church do not have to spend time
getting you to support the church, but
you spend time encouraging others.
Worldliness Has No Part in You
You are not toying with the world, nor
are you wanting the church to be like the world.
To you Christianity is not a burden, because
you are trying to escape the temptations of the world.
Therefore we do not have to spend time trying to
rebuke you, or
confront you, but
you have dedicated your life to the church, because
you first dedicated your life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
You do not
put down the church and
complain about her, but
you are hurt when others do so.
Do You Know What You Are?
You are very simply what the Bible calls
a disciple of Christ.
Therefore the words of Numbers 6,
words which the high priest pronounced upon the children of Israel
so that God would bless them,
are also said over you,
24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
Therefore we do not offer you an invitation,
unless you are compelled to use for it for some reason.
I want us all to sing, “Standing on the Promises,”
to remind the faithful
that they are standing on the promises of God, and
He does not forget what you have done, nor
does He forget what He has said He will do for you.
Even if no one comes forward,
I will offer a prayer for you,
asking the Lord to bless you.
May God bless each of you
whom the church can depend upon
as we stand and sing joyfully.
To the rest of the congregation,
you know who these people are.
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern (Phi 3.17).