Hi Church,

So, by now you have probably heard that because I was in Adelaide last week I have been blessed by a change in government regulations regarding Covid-19 to stay at home for the next two weeks!

As such, I will be working from home, and will be able to return back to the outside world around 2pm on Sunday 29th November (and boy am I looking forward to it). 

But it has allowed me to reflect on many a thing, including how blessed we are to be able to connect in so many different ways that we ever have before. While nothing will ever be able to truly replicate a face-to-face interaction with someone, or a warm embrace, a loving kiss, or even a handshake (oh the simple things), we are able to chat online, email, text, phone and more. 

But what does it mean to be connected to God during these times? We have greater access to God’s Word than we ever have before – we have more Bibles in Western Civilisation than we have people (just go count how many you have at home), plus we have access on our phones, iPads, computers and some people even have it on their watches.

We really have no excuse to be connecting even more than ever before with God through His word, yet statistics and surveys tell me that we aren’t doing that. Instead we are spending more time binge watching tv shows and on Facebook than we are connecting with the God who created us, loved us to the point of sending His Son to die for us, and giving us the opportunity to be with Him in heaven! What has gone wrong?

For most of us, it is a matter of priorities. For anyone, With a glance at your bank account transactions, and your calendar, I could ascertain what your priorities are. It’s easy – we make sure that we have money for, and make time for those things that we prioritise. 

Whether that is making sure that we have Netflix, that we don’t miss the latest reality tv show, or even eating at a fancy restaurant, if we prioritise it enough, we will find a way to pay for it, and make time for it.

So my challenge for you is to have a look at your bank account and calendar and have your own mini ‘audit’ as to what your prioritise, and reflect on where God is within that?

It is easier to access God than it ever has been before (some of you might remember having to walk to church!), yet if you don’t prioritise it, you wont make time for it, and you won’t give towards it.

As Pastor Roelof shares again this week, this mini ‘audit’ might help you grow to another level of spiritual maturity, as you seek to look at your time and treasure and allocate them to what I hope you say that you prioritise: God. And that out of thankfulness and gratitude for what He has done for you through Jesus, that some of those time and treasures are prioritised for Him and His purposes.

In His service,
Pastor Ben

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