As we continue vacationing this summer with family and friends, I want to lovingly encourage you to maintain your commitment to the Lord and His word as a priority. I know how busy schedules and travel plans can quietly change a person’s focus when we miss worship and are temporarily out of the fellowship of others within the church and I don’t want that to happen to any of you. Christ reminds us of the importance of maintaining a proper view of life when He said of the man whose focus was on how many barns he could fill, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36
Maintaining our focus on who we are in Christ is a constant challenge because it runs contrary to the world’s mindset that is continually encouraging us through creative advertising and marketing to live for that which is temporary. “Why wait?” “You deserve it” “Just do it!” are a few of the slogans meant to motivate us to fulfill our immediate desires.
The Lord, in His holiness, is the Creator of all that is good and though sinful man foolishly thinks his way is always better than God’s word, the Lord’s ultimate sovereignty will be revealed at the final judgment, so our desire as church leaders is for each of you to be found faithful in every aspect of your life and to hear at the end: “Well done My good and faithful servant!”
To help you monitor your faithfulness as a steward, we have made available your giving history at Wellington at https://wellington.simplechurchcrm.com. If you have never visited this site before, just click “forgot password” and you will be prompted to enter your email address and a temporary password will be sent to you. If you are unable to set up your account, please contact Wellington at (859) 219-3100 for assistance.
You can also give online by going to www.wellingtonchurch.org and clicking on “Give”. This is a safe, secure and convenient way to keep your first fruits first, even when you are unable to worship in person.
The Lord repeats throughout His word that His people are to honor Him through the proper use of the resources He continues to entrust to them. That is why the concept of first fruits is referenced so many times in scripture, texts that primarily serve as reminders of God’s ownership and sovereignty.
“Behold, I now bring the first of the fruit, which You, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it before the Lord and worship before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 26:11
In a sense, first fruits serve as a guardrail for keeping our priorities in check by reminding us that the Lord is our Provider and everything we have is the result of His mercy and grace.
If you are new to Wellington, we invite you to partner with us as we take the good news of the Gospel to those who are dying in their sin while also making disciples of those born again in Christ. All those within the body of Christ, whether regularly worshipping with us as visitors or members, should view their commitment to first fruits a priority that shields them from the worldly mindset that seeks to spiritually lead them away from the Lord. We hope you are enjoying your summer and will honor the LORD in all that you do!
“Guard your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Ron Ring, Elder with Finance Ministry