July 7, 2019: Sow to the Spirit
Text for Sunday, July 7, 2019:
PReparation for worship
“We need to realize that there are deeper harvests that happen even when we don’t meet with much outward success. We will find our own character changing deeply through ministry. Our consciences will be clear and our hearts happier, since we’re less self-indulgent. We’ll develop a less selfish and more satisfied character, which will serve us well when we are under pressure. We may not reap quickly, and we may not see all that we reap; but we can know that there is a great harvest for those who sow to please the Spirit.” – Tim Keller
“There dwells upon this earth a mysterious Being, whose office is to renew the fallen and restore the wandering. We cannot see Him or hear Him, yet He dwells in some of us as Lord of our nature. His chosen residence is a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” – Charles Spurgeon
Usually, our worship gathering isn’t amazing, awesome, epic, or immediately life changing. Sometimes we have unintentional glitches and sometimes the sermon is just plain boring. But over time, there’s a cumulative effect to all the ordinary Sundays where we worship the Triune God and are fed and formed by the Word and the sacraments and the fellowship of God’s people.
The ministry of the Church is life-changing. For most of us, most of the time, that change is slow and incremental, almost imperceptible.
But change is happening in the rhythms of our liturgy and life together.
This encourages me.