Shirley Doolittle - Olympia I, Washington Convention - 2018

In Matthew 25, Jesus said He’d gather the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, 'Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world for I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in; Naked, and ye clothed Me; I was sick, and ye visited Me; I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.'”

Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.'”

 

I read a story about a little league game. The bases were loaded, and the batter hit a ball over the fence. Two boys jumped the fence to retrieve the ball. After a time, some other boys went over to see what was taking so long and found the boys eating big, juicy blackberries they’d found in the field. So they stopped and ate some, too! Do we miss the blackberry moments? This Convention is like that – the game of life has stopped. IPads and cell phones are turned off and Google is forgotten! We need to be quiet because He has a lot to tell us!

Little children do the unscripted things. Lots of things are written down but God and His Son would like us to find the unscripted blackberry moments – visiting the sick, providing fellowship for the lonely – so this Kingdom could grow and prosper like never before! Our Sunday and Wednesday meetings are planned and we know what will happen there. But sometimes, one of your prayers or testimonies are for me an unscripted blackberry moment!

There is a special event ahead! Christ is coming! In my morning quietness almost every single day I pray, “Please Lord, send us your Son again! Send your Son so we can be avenged of our adversary, the flesh!”

John 13, Jesus knew He was leaving and that times ahead wouldn’t be easy. It seems He was setting the pace for them for the future. He would leave but He would come back. The thief takes only the valuable things. Jesus, when He comes as a thief in the night, will only take out of the world souls of value!
The journey for James was short. He was killed by sword in the early part of his ministry. When John saw a vision of the New Jerusalem, he would see his brother James’ name written there. God never would forget him! For us, the journey is a bit scary. “Things that once were wild alarms cannot now disturb my rest.”

 

Slow down so you can find the special little blackberry moments! Everything down here is minor – why do we major in the minors? We could major with the minors. In as much as you’ve done it unto the least – one of them is the Workers! We could major in “who is to blame.” It doesn’t matter! Just forgive! We don’t need to exercise ourselves in things of no eternal value!

Revelations 19:7, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.” If we’re not making ourselves ready, all the words we could say are empty words!

I Corinthians 13:1-3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, of a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

Don’t major in the minors! “We need a lifeguard, and ours’ walks on water!” Storms come. They take our eyes off the goal if we’re not careful. But remember, sometimes God calms the storm, but also sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child. He want to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, so we’ll learn to trade well with what He can do for us, in us, and by us.