I was reading a devotional recently that described God as “Essential” and it prompted further reflection about what this word means. An online dictionary described it best: “vitally important; absolutely necessary; basic; fundamental; completely realized; absolute; perfect.” Yes, that’s God!
So often, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what we perceive to be absolutely necessary, only to find out later that we have succumbed to the “tyranny of the urgent”. As we seek God’s point of view as to what He considers essential, skewed perceptions are righted and our paths are straightened. Earthly desires pale in comparison to God’s plan which yields eternal riches.
One example of this is the Alpha Center’s recent Walk 4 Life. All the weeks of planning, coordinating, and preparation quickly came to a head on the day of the walk and in a few short hours it was over. Without a kingdom focus, we could easily argue that there must be simpler ways to raise money! But that’s the world’s view and not our Lord’s. He knew that it was essential to have walkers and sponsors, liaisons and pastors, adults and children, all come together to celebrate LIFE. We needed to be reminded that HE is the Author and Sustainer of all LIFE and out of His abundance He blessed this ministry and His people!
As we prepare to move into the center’s new facility, again we are reminded to keep our focus on the essentials. No matter how spacious and beautiful the rooms are, or how wonderfully equipped the ministry is with additional resources and programs, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still the essence of the Alpha Women’s Resource Center. We covet your prayers and support as armed with the essentials of His truth and love, we “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14