Those of you who have been involved with Heritage for many years know that during the 1990’s we were doing many different things in our church with programming. Our intent was to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and be bring them into the life of our church family in order to help them grow in faith and in turn, reach out to still more people, keeping this process up until the coming of Jesus.
Today, we are not promoting as many new innovations. In fact, as I often come across the latest and greatest ideas, there really has not been anything new for at least a decade. One exception might be the implementation of technology, but in truth, most of that is more distraction than attraction. What are we to do?
Let me say that we all need, especially me, to keep the main thing the main thing. Now, in any person or group, or corporation, this is the fundamental truth – keep the main thing the main thing. The harder question is, just exactly what is the main thing?
Jesus answered that question right smack in the middle of His longest recorded sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. The whole of His sermon is summarized in the middle, bookended by beatitudes on one side and specific behaviors and practices on the other. At the heart, these words: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will fall into place exactly as it should.” Matthew 6:33
What is God’s Kingdom and righteousness? Read chapters 5 – 7. This is the main thing: God and His righteousness in us expressed through us. Everything else “will be added.” For you, for me, for all of us.