What Can You Do For God?
During his inaugural speech on January 20, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy uttered what has now become one of the most famous presidential statements in history when he said, “And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” It was a call to all Americans to rally for the good of one another and the progress of our nation. It would, in fact, inspire and help Americans to tackle things that it and they had never done before. It would be followed four months later with a presidential call to put man on the moon by the end of the decade. It happened!
Sociologists would say it happened because Americans united under three things: inspiration to do something grand, dedication for the collective good of the nation, and destination—to go to another level of American ingenuity and achievement. In effect, Americans said “let’s do this” for each other, for the next generation and for our country. It was really an awe-inspiring decade in that sense.
Can you imagine what can happen through God’s people who are unified in answering a similar call—“Don’t ask what God can do for you—ask what you can do for God.” That isn’t a “cheesy” play on words… it is a reflection of the kind of inspiration and dedication described of the early church in Acts 2:42-47—“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
What was true of the early church should be true of us as well. The Kingdom of God deserves our highest dedication and our greatest personal devotion. These qualities reflect real priorities about God, about His Kingdom, and about our belief that only His Kingdom will last. So, I ask you to ask God, “Lord, what can I do for you?” If all of us ask that question, and all of us seek God’s answer, and all of us do what He wants, I believe we’ll see the power of God, the wonders of God and countless lives ministered to and saved just like the early Church did.
Next Sunday is Vision Sunday… it is the official kick-off to our Freedom Campaign. I am asking for the entire Ridgecrest family to be here. It isn’t a commitment Sunday, nor a special offering Sunday. But I will share a message about our Vision, our hope and our mission. In the message I am going to read you something that I wrote in July of 2001. To my knowledge I’ve never shared it publicly but have kept it private for all these years. God recently put it upon my heart to share with you. I think that you’ll be inspired.
Now, I pray that you will be inspired in our worship today, that you will hear from God and that you will obey Him with your whole heart. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new! I love being your pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone,