I’m sure this has happened to you – you meet an old friend at a place you rarely visit, you win something because you are the 1 millionth customer, you find money on your walk, or you just happen to be there as an accident happens and can help in the rescue. We could share all kinds of stories, and we all love those occasions. Wouldn’t you love a life journey where, time after time, you happen to be at the right place at the right time. How great would that be?!
That’s God’s desire too. We know that He has a plan for our life (Jeremiah 29:11) and, according to Acts 17:26-27, He knows where we will be born and live (I will be talking more on these verses and a whole sermon on this subject on October 3). We also know according to Proverbs 16:4 that God has made everything for a purpose and His purposes are always right. When our life journey is lived His way, we are in the right place at the right time.
So how do we make sure we keep on the right track? Much of this we will talk about during our campaign “Living God’s Unique Call” (October 3 through November 14), because if we are living out our unique call we are in the right place at the right time. I sure hope you will adjust your schedules and open your calendars so you can be part of this vital spiritual emphasis. As we have been explaining, this campaign has four key elements: Sunday services, small groups, personal devotions, and an opening and closing event. Each element is important and will be very helpful for you to discover, reveal, align, or be reminded of God’s unique call on your life. We will also be revealing God’s unique call on our church and how you fit into what God is calling Cypress Church to do right here and right now.
One of the key elements of the campaign is being involved in a small group that will meet weekly for the seven weeks of our focus. If you are not already in a small group, please sign up and invest these few weeks in becoming better acquainted with the wonderful people of Cypress Church and discussing our unique call. You will be encouraged and better connected by your involvement in small groups. You can sign up any Sunday at ‘Community Life Central’ in the lobby of the church.
I do want to leave you with a little more about being in the right place at the right time, and I found it in a Bible verse I read this morning:
Proverbs 16:6 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
If we want to be at that right place at the right time, it is first found in making sure our sin is atoned for. Atonement for our sin is only found in accepting the love of Jesus.
1 John 4:9-10 9 This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross, and we benefit from that by accepting Him through faith or belief. Belief is more than just a mental understanding. It is a confession of true acceptance that we are sinful and need a Savior, and that Jesus is that Savior, as well as a commitment to live life God’s way. Many of you may have made that confession. If you would like to write me back, I would love to share more with you about that decision. This acceptance is how we get started being at the right place at the right time.
Next, Proverbs 16:6 says “through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.” Evil is clearly not the way to be in the right place at the right time. Yet our natural bent is towards evil. Have you noticed how easy it is to go the wrong direction?! It’s like we automatically head that direction unless we make an effort to go in the right direction. The reverent respect of the Lord (aka fear of the Lord) helps. It’s admiring the Lord enough to spend time with Him. The fear of the Lord is also valuing God’s way of life (you know the things He tells us to do and not do in the Bible – it’s not a lot but very important) enough to alter our life to be inline with what would be pleasing to Him. So being in the right place at the right time is journeying on in life with a healthy fear of God. Why not give it a try. You will quickly see some amazing things where you get that sense you are in the right place at the right time.
Grace and peace,
PS: I would appreciate your prayers as Takeshi and I head out to India and Sri Lanka to speak, teach, and discover new ministry ventures. We will be gone from September 21 to October 1.