Stick Your Neck Out!

…Wind your neck in.

Wow! Last Sunday was pretty special as we celebrated what God has been doing through Zeo in the past year and honoured a whole bunch of people who played their part.  

Enjoy some service highlights and Amy’s message, “Stick your neck and wind your neck in”,  at youtube.com/zeochurch.

Pause with me just for a few moments to consider Amy’s message.

There are definitely moments to take risks. Be courageous. Exercise faith. Reject playing it safe. Moments to stick your neck out.  Let’s heed the words of God in Joshua 1:9…

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Where might God be nudging you to stick your neck out, knowing He is always with you? Could you consider hosting a Church at Home? Or join the Youth Team? Maybe it’s to shine a bit brighter in your workplace. To share a little of your faith. To offer to pray for someone. To reach out to someone who is struggling right now. May God keep nudging us to stick our necks out with love and confidence in Him at work through us. 

If you’re up for sticking your neck out and joining those serving at Zeo then click HERE to find out how.

There are also moments to take a breath. Respond not react. To ‘wind our necks in’ to coin the less subtle phrase! Our relationships are always being challenged. People can drive us nuts at times. But Jesus calls us to love. Even our enemies.  Here’s Paul’s encouragement in Colossians 3:12-14

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

Where might God be inviting you to ‘wind your neck in’, with His Spirit helping us (remember the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23)? Is it making a choice to forgive someone? To be gentle. To choose grace and mercy. To think the best of someone, even if you feel let down by them. To pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show us how to respond. May God help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

Jesus, give us wisdom, courage and favour as we seek to figure out the moments we need to stick our necks out, and the moments to wind our necks in. May everything we do bring glory to you, and be good for people, and for us.

Amen

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