Pastor’s Heart – January 23rd, 2013
We are living in a challenging time!
We yearn for simplicity but often only find complexity, from managing finances to redefining laws of the land, balancing important relationships and work responsibilities with leisure or social commitments, and family, which on its own can have enormous challenges or struggles. Then there’s our faith which the Bible instructs us is woven delicately through all the above or, it’s meant to be! And that’s where we often get it wrong. Our faith can be the last resort in times of trouble where it should be the thing that we first turn to. Hebrews 6:19 tells us that Jesus is the anchor of our soul; He’s our saviour, stabilizer, connection, hope, strength and guide when the rest of our life is surrounded by turmoil.
Our faith is perfectly designed for a complex world because of its simplicity (not to be mistaken for easy). In the times of hustle and bustle our faith is our resting place, where we can be refreshed, refocused, and assured. We are called to fix our eyes upon Jesus, to be obedient to His Word, to put on the armour of God which has been supplied to us (Ephesians 6:12) and to take our stand in the battle.
We have an enemy, the Bible tells us this, but he is a defeated enemy by the work of the cross (Jesus). But between him and the world there are a lot of snares that can cause us to be distracted from the plans and purposes of God for our lives. Troubles, challenges and trials are all aspects that may distract us but also when we get so focused on ourselves and getting ourselves right that we forget that we are surrounded by people who are drowning in life’s complexities and who desperately need a Saviour! Don’t get me wrong though, we all have a responsibility to grow and mature in Christ and we should be living as ambassadors for Jesus but please don’t lose sight of the fact that God’s purpose for your life is so much more than just ‘you.’
We have been called to be soldiers in the battle, not just to stand and look good at parades! May God bless you as you respond to the call for workers in the harvest and as you faithfully follow Jesus.
It’s not easy – but it’s what you have been born for!!!!!
Ps. John Traill