The Bulletin
of the
Church of Christ at New Georgia

Tim Johnson, editor

August 14, 2011

In This Issue:
Getting To Work At New Georgia
by Steve Klein


Getting to Work at New Georgia

  It has been my great privilege to work with the New Georgia church of Christ for the past ten years.  As I prepare to leave for new work in the Lord's vineyard, and as Brother Curry makes plans to begin his labor among you, the weeks and months ahead will be a transitional time for this church.  As work assignments and duties get rearranged, opportunities will abound to pitch in and help.  You may well have the chance to do more than you have done before; you may be challenged to develop untapped talents.  This can be a time of great spiritual growth among the members at New Georgia, if each one will view the opportunity to work in the Lord's cause as the great privilege that it is.

 We all need to be reminded, at least occasionally, to do the work God expects us to do in His service, and to do it gladly and willingly. Local churches can be handicapped by members who are simply not committed to doing their share of the work on a regular basis. One very pleasant way of reminding one another of our duties is by "admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" (Colossians 3:16). The words of the song "To The Work," written by William Doane, do just that. This spiritual song reminds us that...

"We are Servants of God'"

  We are not put on this earth to serve ourselves, but to serve our God. Fearing God and keeping His commandments is our whole duty (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Peter, James, Jude and Paul all identify themselves as "servants" of God in their epistles (Titus 1:1; James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1). This is how they saw themselves.  As we follow this apostolic example, we will also see ourselves as servants of God.

"There is Labor for All"

  Jesus observed that "The harvest is truly great, but the laborers are few...." (Luke 10:2). There is plenty of work for all those who are willing to labor. Don't wait for someone to tell you what to do. Take the initiative. Find work that needs doing and JUST DO IT. Like an ant which has "no captain, overseer or ruler'' yet works diligently, we too should be "always abounding in the work of the Lord" even when no one is looking over our shoulder or cracking the whip behind us (Proverbs 6:6; 1 Corinthians 15:58).

  Near the end of His life on earth, Jesus could truthfully say to His Father, ``I have finished the work which You have given Me to do'' (John 17:4). How many of us will be able to say the same when our lives draw to a close? God has given us all work to do in His service.  Are we accomplishing it?

  In Nehemiah's day, when God's people were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, the work got done because "the people had a mind to work'' (Nehemiah 4:6). If the work gets done in this church it will be for the same reason.

-- Steve Klein