Good morning church family! I hope that everyone enjoyed the nicer weather we had last week, and that you have come to the building with gladness in your hearts as we prepare to lift our voices in worship to God. As you know, from time to time I like to share articles from across the brotherhood. Today’s article by Mike Riley discusses the importance of investing in people. May we take Mike’s words to heart as we continue to reach out to the Amarillo community:
After being warned by the prophet Daniel about his sinful pride (Proverbs 6:16-17; Psalm 101:5; cf. Proverbs 16:18), the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar was struck with insanity. The Lord restored his mind, but only after he spent a long period of time in a field thinking he was a wild animal (Daniel 4:28-37).
Nebuchadnezzar went from boasting, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for …. the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30 ESV), to a humble prayer: “I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven” (Daniel 4:37). He had repented of prideful empire building.
There should be concern about empire building in the church today. Instead of focusing on large church buildings, one Christian evangelist encourages Christians to “build into the lives of people” and leave the results to God (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
When a congregation devotes undue energy to statistics, buildings, and programs, pride can enter in and the spiritual needs of God’s people can be forgotten (cf. Hosea 4:6).
Jesus never forgot the value of people. He invested His time in 12 appointed men (Mark 3:14 ESV). Paul taught Timothy who in turn taught others (2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:2).
Brethren, God’s kingdom grows when we invest in people!