The Essentials

St. Charles County is lucky to have one of the best library systems in the country. Most of you have a library card. Some of you have used that card recently. Others aren’t even sure where their library card is. Having a library card opens up a lot more opportunities than just having the opportunity to borrow books for two weeks. You can also borrow CD’s, movies, games, even cake pans if you can believe that. This is just the icing on the cake.

Need to have a meeting, but have no place to go. You can reserve a meeting room. Walk in the door of the Middendorf-Kredell branch and immediately you can pick up a free publication by the doorway like my favorite, Gateway Gardener. Teach piano, have puppies to get rid of? There is a bulletin board that you can put information on or take off. Go through the next doors and you can use a restroom, get a snack or drink, get a local paper with all those coupons in it. In fact, most of the branches have a coupon box where you can drop off the coupons you don’t need and pick up ones you can use.

Baby sign language, Time for Twos, story hour, Lego club, book clubs, Meet the Author, Tween crafts, chess club, genealogy lab and many more classes and groups are available for you to take. Bored in the summer, how about a summer reading program, or better yet you can take your kids to see a magician, a storyteller, or pet some reptiles. I have just scratched the surface of what is available to St. Charles County residents. Some of us are using every bit of the property taxes we are paying for all of this and some of us are just missing out.

What does all of this have to do with being a Christian? Pretty much the same thing. Some of us are getting every bit of what we can out of the payment Jesus made with his blood and others of us nothing more than salvation if even that. We may be just walking in the door of the library and just looking around because we never bothered to get a library card.

When Pastor Eric preaches each Sunday, words appear up on the screen. They come from this book called The Bible. Every Sunday, we are told that if we need a Bible that there are free ones in the back we can take home. Maybe instead you have a nice leather one with your name inscribed on it. Just like that library card, if we don’t open that book daily we’re missing out on God speaking to us. Psalm 119:22 tells us to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so we do not sin against him. Later in verse 105, the Bible tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path.

Prayer should be used continuously throughout our day according to 1 Thess. 5:16. Jesus also taught us to be persistent in our asking, by telling us a story of a wicked judge and a persistent widow. He gives us the opportunity to let him know our heart’s desire, but Jesus also showed us by His example that we should ask for God’s will over our own.

Grace is probably my favorite opportunity in the Christian walk. Most of us know how amazing it is when it saves a wretch like us, but we short-change grace when we think of it only in the salvation process. Paul reprimanded the Galatians that putting grace aside and trying to be made righteous through the law meant that Jesus died for nothing.

Fellowship is the time of meeting together and Hebrews tells us that we should not give it up because with coming together, we can have people there encouraging us.

The Holy Spirit is our counselor, he is a seal for the day of redemption, speaks through us, is an advocate to help us and be with us forever, a Spirit of truth that guides us into all the truth, is life because of righteousness, helps us in our weakness, intercedes for us and many, many more things.

Are you allowing Him to do these things for you?

What about forgiveness, both the giving and receiving? Are you forgiving those that hurt you, so that the Father can forgive you?

Do you have that joy, joy, joy down in your heart? Peace that passes all understanding? Have you sown bountifully so you can reap bountifully? Laid up treasures in heaven? I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that we could have life and have it abundantly. It is time for us to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil, and each of us was created for this time at this place to bring Him glory.

Our libraries are not free. We pay for them through our taxes. Jesus paid the price for our abundant life. Make His blood more worthy by getting everything you can from His sacrifice.

-Mary MCclaskey


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