The Row in Front of You

Posted on 07/22/2012 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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POWER IN THE BLOOD

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary's tide;
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There's wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.


TAKE A LITTLE TIME

Thank you, Lord,
I just want to thank you,
I just want to thank You;
(repeat)

I just want to take,
take a little time right now
to say thank you, Lord
for all you've done for me.
(repeat)


I SEE THE LORD

I see the Lord seated on the throne, exalted
And the train of His robe
Fills the temple with glory
And the whole earth is filled
The whole earth is filled
And the whole earth is filled
With His glory

Chorus

Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy is the Lord
Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy is the Lord

Verse

Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy is the Lord


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You are Worthy oh Lord. Bless Your name. (worship some more)

Heavenly Father, thank You. Thank You for allowing us this chance to be in Your presence, to draw close to You. You are holy and You are worthy of all our praise. I ask that You guide this next part of the service. That my words would convey what You want everyone to hear and that I would be hidden and You would be the only one they see. I pray this in Jesus' name...Amen.

Please be seated.

Today, I'm going to share with you all a fireside chat titled "The Row In Front of You." I'll beginning with reading some scripture. The first is found in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, beginning at verse 12 it says

1 Corinthians 12:12-25 (NKJV)

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free -- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Let's take this idea and "run" with it a bit. So, each of us are part of the Body of Christ. Say I'm a hand. Ben's a mouth (since he's a preacher ;). Each of us is a part and we do our share. It's like sports teams.

The games football, soccer, hockey, baseball, etc have positions. Every player has their own place to be. They can't be in someone else's spot. If they are, like in football...there's a flag on the play and the ref calls "off sides."

It is kinda like that for us, too. We all have our positions. They are all important. If we go "off sides", what will happen?

I am sure you are thinking, "but helping people is good." Yes, it is, but let's think of it this way. When we try to help someone else do their position, we abandon our "row" and the work there doesn't get done. Then, someone else has to do it for us...and soon there is chaos because we aren't doing what God told US to do. It isn't our job to go help someone else in their "row." Our job is the row in front of us! :)

You might be asking (or you might not be...) where this row nonsense ties in with being the body of Christ. Thank you for asking. It DOES tie in. Luke 10 verse 2 says Then He (Jesus) said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

When a farmer plows a field, he does it in rows. When he plants, its in rows. When the harvesters come, they go down rows.

Look before you. There is a "row" just for you that God has placed before you. No one can harvest it like you can. No one can tend it like you.

Let's think of a carpenter for a second. They each have their area to work on. They don't step over into anyone else's territory. You have your territory to work in. Don't step into someone else's and don't let them step into yours.
See, it isn't just about workers being few, but it is also about workers not doing their share. People believe that "so and so" has it easier so I'm gonna do their job or I like their job better. BUT they don't realize how the world will be affected if they step into someone else's row.

God placed you where you are. Plow that field. Plant the Word of God...water it...feed the people. And then harvest the crop. God wants us to be able to see how our doing our job turns out. He wants to show us how our faithfulness affects other people.

It is important to work together to reach a goal, but we have to realize that we all have a purpose. Everyone is to preach the Good News...to spread the Gospel...to fulfill the Great Commission. Then, we all have our own personal callings. Mine's different from yours, but it isn't any more important than what God has told you to do.

Look before you. See the path God has placed in front of you. Don't turn to the left or right. Keep your head up, press on, and do His will. God will not forsake you. He cheers you on and holds you hand.

"You can do it, Child. I've got you. If you stubble and fall, I will pick you up. Just stay on the path. Plow. Water. Feed. Harvest your row that's before you." Can you hear Him saying that to you? I'll repeat it.
"You can do it, Child. I've got you. If you stubble and fall, I will pick you up. Just stay on the path. Plow. Water. Feed. Harvest your row that's before you."
See? We are never alone. He is there. Our fellow believers are there. Do you have a cheering squad? Yes! You might not be able to see all of them, but they are there! :)

Now, when I said we shouldn't be in someone else's row, I'd like to make it clear what I meant. Yes, we are all supposed to help one another, offering support, encouragement, and even working together in the field in any way we can. But sometimes we try to do someone else's job instead of our own. Maybe part of your job in the harvest is to help someone else in their job in some way. But make sure you're not trading in what you're supposed to be doing for something God has not called you to do. He knows what's best, and He has placed you on your path for a reason. And when we all work the row that's in front of us, we will all have the help we need.

I want us to take some time right now to talk to God. Do you need to tell Him some things? Do you need to ask for forgiveness? Do you need to ask Him to point you in the right direction again? Do you need some help from Him to harvest that row? If you said yes to any of those questions, get out of your seat right now, and come to the altar. He's been waiting for you.

I'm going to close in prayer now. Father God, I love You so much. Thank You for speaking to us today. I ask that You would help us to remember these words. To remember that we are to do our job and no one else's and that includes Yours. We can not do Your job God. We can help You in our small ways, but ultimately we can't do it all. That's why we are a part of a body. Thank You for making us a part of Your body, Jesus. I thank You for using us in such awesome ways. Bless us as we go about our day today and this week. Keep us in Your ways and guide us in Your truth. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You all are free to leave when you wish to do so. After this time at the altar, we will meet in the fellowship room, and I hope you'll join us there.