That which is included in our passage of the day must be taken into account. We must reckon with it - inwardly. It must occupy our thinking.
A man, unable to walk for 38 years, is waiting for healing near the pool of Bethesda, when Jesus arrives and asks “wilt thou be made whole?”
In John 1:43-50 Philip tells Nathanael what he believes about Jesus. When a question is raised, Philip simply says "come and see."
Godly character crosses all age and gender boundaries, but men and women are equipped in different ways, and equipped in different ways at different ages.
To forget is common to man. We are a forgetful people. Thankfully, God has provided reminders in His word. This Psalm is a good place to start.
If things done for ourselves are empty, what then can be done? What is it that is meaningful? These two verses (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13) tell us.
Do we have a desire to follow Jesus and have we made this known to Him and to others? If so, have we considered what it will mean?
The test of our neighborliness is not in proximity, it is a test of our compassion that must certainly come forth of commitment to the God of compassion.
In the church at Antioch, as we find it in Acts 13, there are men committed to local ministry. As we read, we observe the Holy Spirit prompting them beyond!
Bondservants and masters who have faith in Christ are responsible to Him and all of their worldly service must be "as unto Him."
If we can follow Paul's example and heed his advice, we can learn to maximize our role in the church and develop an effective local church ministry.
A common phrase in Christianity appears in Galatians 5: the fruit of the Spirit. It's a way of describing attributes that God works within us to develop.