April 2019

Ask Yourself, Am I Doing Enough to Point My Congregation to Doing the

Matthew 7:21-23 
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and, in your name, perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!

As I ponder this question that came into my spirit, I couldn’t help but wonder if the result of our praise, worship, and work reflect that of a church that is in line with the Will of the Father.  I would like to think that we are ever striving to reach that mark. But we still have much work to do in order to get there. The truth is that because we are constantly in a moving state of faith toward knowing more about the God we serve and while living in the flesh, I don’t believe we can reach that perfection, but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

I don’t think any of us understand the entirety of the Will of the Father, which is why we must be ever searching, and ever praying for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the His will; so that we can lead properly; as we follow Christ

Yes, we know some of the Will of the Father, but to say that we know the entirety of the Will of God would be a little presumptuous.

Yet not knowing, is not an excuse. We must spend each day striving to learn the Will of the Father, so that our lives and the lives of those who follow us, as we follow Christ; will not be in vain.

We must not water down the truth to please the masses. We must not preach what itchy ears always want to hear, but we must preach and teach what thus said the Lord; even if we lose the crowds.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather lose the crowds because of doing the Will of the Father, than to gain the whole world and lose my very soul behind preaching surface stuff that does not lead to salvation. 

It is our duty to lead in a way that is pleasing to God. In doing so the hope is that our living will not be in vain.

So much more to say, but what are your thoughts? 

Rev. Leroy Mahoney, Vice President
Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Boston & Vicinity Inc.