Dear Church Family,
Jesus’ invitations yesterday were “come and see” and “follow me”. These are invitations to an entirely new reality of living. It is as if we are moving, and if you have ever moved you know it is a stretching experience. Moving makes you question if you really need anything you own or if you should become a radical minimalist. However, as we move in with Christ and Christ moves in with us, I wonder if the unpacking is ever completed this side of eternity.
We look at the apostles and see lifetimes of transformation. John went from a “Son of Thunder” to the apostle of love, Paul from a proud legalist to understanding he was the chief of sinners overcome by grace, Peter went from a mouthy eager man to one who talks about submission and humility. The rest had run into hiding the day Jesus was crucified and all but one ended up dying for the faith. These are pictures of powerful life transformation, ultimately because they experienced the power and presence of Christ.
Through His allusion to Jacobs ladder, Jesus told us in John 1:51 that He is the access point between heaven and earth, the revelation of God’s action in the world. Jesus will be with us and never leave us until he has accomplished what God has promised (Genesis 28:15). This is the promise of new life, that Christ has come into our world and through His power will make us new.
Today, you have new mercies and new grace not to ignore your baggage, but to accept Jesus’ invitation to evaluate your life in light of who Jesus is and what He calls you to do. Today, you may struggle, you may face an up-hill climb, there may be a set-back, but you never face it alone. Just as God promised Jacob to complete the work He promised Paul reminds us that God is still the same.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
I’m sure of it too! Trust Him. Follow Him. Take this day one step at a time, inviting Jesus into each moment. Ask Him if there is something you are traveling with which you just do not have room for in your new life with Christ. Let whatever it is go, and walk forward knowing that the only place we are satisfied, is His presence.
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!