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Focusing On What Really Matters Part 1

Focusing On What Really Matters Part 1
Jun 22 Tags: love | 4 Responses Print Save as PDF

It goes without saying that assemblyHUB has its supporters and its “dislikers”. I know that’s not a word but I wanted to be kind. 🙂  We get feedback now and then from people who tell us we are causing division, damaging the church and we should stop.

I actually don’t mind those comments because they give us an understanding of where things still stand within the assemblies. They helps us focus on the things that are important to people.

Thankfully those “less than positive comments” are very much a minority and most of our comments are supporting the blog and telling us how much they appreciate the work we are doing.  Here is just one example.

I thought I would check in to say “hi” and to let you know how very much I have been recently blessed by the articles that you and others have posted on Assembly Hub … reading the Assembly Hub writings gives me more hope that my vision isn’t just an idealistic exercise in futility.

The most important things

When we consider topics to write about, our primary focus is on matters dealing with assembly life. It’s not a blog about apologetics, prophecy, science or any other areas within the Christian life. Our goal is to open up discussion on things concerning the function of the church.

Having said that, we would not want anyone to assume that we believe these subjects are the most important things in the Christian life. They are not. They are of high importance to be sure, but they do not hold the highest place.

Looking higher

It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of life, especially church life. There are people to visit, encourage, disciple, share Christ with and pray with. There are programs to run, outreach efforts to join, music to practice, etc. etc. etc.

But the greatest topic we can think on in the Christian life is our devotion to God. That includes all the persons of Deity. There is no higher calling than a surrendered life to God. It doesn’t matter all the things we do for him. If our hearts are not driven by a fierce, passionate love for him, it means nothing.

The right perspective

What really matters is the condition of the heart. I could cite so many verses that would support this but here’s a few.

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:8-9

I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Revelation 2:3-4

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2-3

What is important to God?

Does God care about truth? Absolutely!  Does God care about our minds and that we understand his truth? Absolutely! But what does he care about the most?  Let’s ask the Lord Jesus for the answer.

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

I sense a pattern forming here. If love is the greatest thing, above everything else, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13 and was the primary desire of God’s heart for Ephesus in Revelation 2 and the people of Israel in Matthew 15, where does truth fit in? Does God care more about how much we love than how much we know?

Let’s explore this in the next article.

Crawford Paul

Crawford is an elder at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Ontario and has a passion for the assemblies. He and his wife Beth serve in various ways within the assembly to build up and encourage the believers. He is president of Legacy Ministries Canada, an organization focused on helping individual Christians, local churches and Christian organizations with financial, legal and governance matters. Check it out at legacycanada.org

4 Responses to Focusing On What Really Matters Part 1

  1. crgianotti1Chuck

    Crawford, keep up the good work, brother.

  2. Jack Brooks

    I enjoy your blog, even though I moved out of the assemblies decades ago. I’ve read the last year’s postings, and I cannot imagine what would be “damaging” to anyone. I would suggest you might research what Sandemanism was — I wonder if it’s relevant to current assembly life.

  3. Thomas Esehak

    I appreciate the Assembly Hub’s work because it challenges us all to keep an open mind and an open heart to how we live out our faith in these challenging times.

    I’m presently rereading a small book by author Randy Alcorn entitled The Grace AND Truth Paradox which seems to presents a very helpful, biblically balanced overview of the Christian faith drawn directly from the statements in John 1:14,17.

    It’s a helpful reminder to us all that no matter where the Spirit leads the people of God, it will never be away from displaying and demonstrating the fullness of that which the Savior embodied which was Both Grace AND Truth. Sounds like an excellent ‘benchmark ‘ for any Assembly to use to keep us on track in a world that has become derailed.

    It’s clear that we will need great wisdom to maintain a proper balance in the days ahead while recognizing it as our greatest opportunity .

    Glad to hear you will addressing the matter of Truth in upcoming articles.

  4. Mary Johnson

    This is a great work and I enjoyed reading all the articles thus far. I look forward to sharing some information with our congregation.

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