One of the keys to Christian growth is learning to exercise faith as a child in our daily life. Exercising faith teaches us to trust God and recognize the blessings that He constantly bestows upon us. We can often fail to recognize God’s gifts, and the ways that He is at work.
In Mark 10:15, Jesus states, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Early in my Christian life, God taught me how to trust His promises and exercise my faith.
Second Peter 1:3-7 says,
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises ….”
As a young Christian, I read Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission and grew up in London, England during the late 1800s. He wanted to go to the mission field in China and tried to grow spiritually in every way that he could. (He even learned Chinese on his own.) His employer was very forgetful and often had to be reminded to provide his earnings. Rather than asking for his paycheck, he decided to trust God to remind his employer that he needed it.
As he expected, a couple of weeks later his employer forgot to pay him. He didn’t ask for his paycheck and trusted God to remind his employer to pay him. He ate his last apple on a day when he went to minister to the poor in London. On his way home, he was hungry and rather despondent that God hadn’t met his need. He wasn’t paying attention to his route home and “just happened” to walk by his employer’s home. His employer saw him walking by through the window, called him to his door, and paid him.
Hudson Taylor saw his simple faith develop into complete trust years later as he had to depend upon God to provide not only his need, but the need of his ministry on a daily basis.
I have also seen God provide for my food, when I ran out of money. I chose to trust Him, and He provided an unsolicited check on the day that I ate my last can of tuna. Since that time, I have seen God work mightily to answer prayer in many other ways. Exercising faith has made me feel like a child in a candy store of God’s goodness.
God wants to answer prayer and He wants us to grow our faith. Consider an action today where you might see God grow your faith.
MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch this Sunday, January 12 after second service in the Fellowship Hall. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! No RSVP needed. Contact Sarah with questions.
It’s time for The CareNet Baby Bottle drive! Please take a bottle off the table in the foyer, fill it with your spare change or cash, and return it to the table by January 19! Contact Joann Tallant with any questions.
The MCC Missions Team is hosting "Missions in Focus" Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 at MCC! It is a family-friendly, interactive event celebrating what God is doing locally and internationally! Enjoy a cultural meal, hear speakers active in local and foreign missions, and participate in activities for a chance to win prizes. Each night will be unique, educational and fun! Contact Emily Gray to RSVP or get involved!
The Women’s Community Bible Study resumes Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm AND Wednesday, January 15 at 9:15am with Max Lucado’s “Unshakable Hope” study. Childcare is available for the Wednesday morning study only. Contact Pam Cravens for Wednesday mornings or Sharon Albonico for Tuesday evenings.
Praying with others in community is rich! Join us any weekday morning for prayer at 6:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Scott Walker for more info.
We are updating the church directory and will be taking new directory photos January 19 and 26 in the Fellowship Hall! Please make sure to update your contact information and your photo if A) we don’t have it in the current directory or B) you look different than you did 3 years ago! Either way, we’d like a new photo and updated contact for you so please stop by and update your info!
Looking for some Biblical financial tools for 2020? Come join us for the Living Debt Free Workshop on February 1 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall! Practical topics including what the Bible says about money, how to set up a spending plan, saving, debt payoff, and more! Lunch and child care provided! Sign up in the foyer or call Elisa Trullinger.