United Methodist Church
I was studying the passages about the woman at the well for a recent message. This is one of my favorite stories because I can relate to her dilemma. Most of us can relate to one or more aspects of her life. The thing I was focusing on at that reading was how alone and rejected she must have been feeling. She was a Samaritan, a woman, had a bad reputation, and was rejected by her people. Maybe she just needed a little mercy and grace, a sense of belonging, or someone that she could identify with. I like to think that she was praying for an answer because God sent Jesus to help. Christ gave her the mercy, grace, acceptance, and identity that she needed in life.
When I made my decision to follow Christ I did it out of a fear of dying. I wanted to cash in on the promise of eternal life. I received what I wanted never realizing that there was so much more to what Christ has to offer us. When people would ask me how I knew I was not going to die I could not answer their questions. I remember someone telling me that when we accept Christ our names are entered into the Lamb’s Book of Life and death is now just a pause, not an end. Again, that is true but there is so much more to it than that. Here is where I discovered what I am sharing today.
Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God's children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. John 1:12-13 (CEV)
The first time I read it a very distinct question arose that would eventually lead me to a better understanding of how we are defined in Christ. What I discovered actually made it easier to share the gospel with people. This realization led me to ask, “Now that I do not have to worry about dying, Lord, what’s next?” This passage has been of primary importance in helping me to resolve that issue.The answer to that question was found when I discovered who I was intended to be all along.
Besides eternal life the most important thing that Christ offers to everyone is to be in the relationship that God primarily created us for. We were created to be in a personal relationship with God as his children. Imagine that, God wants to be in a relationship with us. Not just any relationship but an intimate and close relationship as a member of HIS FAMILY. He didn’t need us, he wanted us. It’s not like he couldn’t exist without us, he wants us. This is true not just in the world to come but right now, today! That concept must have amazed the Samaritan woman and it still amazes me every time I think about it each day.
Knowing this makes the answer to the question fairly simple, “I am now invited to enter into the family business of saving souls!” It is a little more complex than that but it is basically why the church exists. It is why we exist here after our salvation experience. If we were not needed then God would swoop us up and out of this world when we say yes to Jesus. We not only get to experience the saving grace of God but we become a conduit for others to experience it as well.
When we do we also can help to change lives just like Jesus changed the life of the Samaritan woman and ourselves. If enough lives are changed then society changes. When society changes we get back the peace most of us grew up with because we get back to the moral values that made this nation and its people great!
I realize today, more than ever before in our generation, that we need to get more passionate about our roles in the family business! If you look around, our size has diminished and evil seems to be prevailing all over the world! I do not care how big the problems in this world seem or how powerful the forces we face appear to be! Our God is bigger and more powerful than anything in this world. That means, as His children, we are battle ready and equipped to do the work that needs to be done to bring about making disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world into a better place! Amen!
I am grateful for all those who are already in the battle! Keep up the good fight and do not lose hope! JESUS has already won the war! For those still waiting to enter the fray, gear up and get involved! JESUS always wins! God bless you all!
Greetings from Butler United and Pastor Kevin Marsh. My wife, Susan, and I want to welcome you to Butler United's web site. We hope that you find what you need to get to know who we are and all that we have to offer if you come to visit us. We hope that you will because we are sure that you will be blessed because you did.
We believe that God loves everyone and that he has a perfect plan for each and every one of us. His greatest blessings come through a personal relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ. The people of Butler United are striving to reach out and truly make a difference in the lives of the people in our community. We do so by sharing Christ's unconditional love and helping out whenever and however we can. Our main ministry is a food pantry that serves the Eastern Dekalb School District.
We believe that everyone who comes here, no matter who you are or where you are from, can find a connection here in some way. We hope that you will come and find out for yourselves. We look forward to seeing you soon. Shalom!