ENGAGING GOD

The Mission of Thrive Church is…

“To help people ENGAGE with God and others, to EQUIP them to live fully alive in Jesus, and to EMPOWER them to go and share Jesus.

That first part of the Mission, what does that really mean? Jesus boiled down God’s commandments for us in life: Love God and love people. If we get these right, most things will fall into place. But if we get these wrong, most other things will go wrong as well. Let’s see if we can figure out what Jesus wants us to know…

Matthew 22:37-38 NLT “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’”

What does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul and mind? It certainly means putting our all into our worship, surrender, and service.

Back in Jesus’ day legalism was a major issue – a big deal – the religious leaders felt that it was way more important to follow the laws instead of loving God They had taken the 10 Commandments and the first 5 books of the Bible and came up with over 600 rules and regulations that they determined had to be followed in order to please God.

The thing that made it even more confusing, other than having over 600 laws to follow, was the religious teachers couldn’t even determine which of the laws were the most important to follow.”

We have fallen into the same trap today. Many people look at the church and God as being solely concerned with keeping rules and certain regulations.

And when this happens the rules and regulations become the focal point of our faith instead of God Himself. We need to love Him, not rules and regulations!

How do we love God with all our heart, soul and mind? Anyway we can. Every way we can. By going to Church. By worshiping Him  - singing – praying - giving, and study. By putting ourselves into our worship. By making it as meaningful as possible.

Why? Because genuine worship is an expression of our love to God – no matter what form it takes – raised hands – closed eyes – bowed head – clapping – dancing – whatever

The important thing is that the heart is toward God in love and adoration! We are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, anywhere, any time. At church, at home, while driving, while working, while playing, etc.

We love Him by honoring Him as best we can and by talking to Him every chance we get. When we get this right, guess what – we have engaged with the God of Heaven and Earth.