Wednesday Word 8.16.2017

Romans 10:14-15  New International Version

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

It would be so much easier if I never had to think about anyone but myself.  I could spend my days doing the things that pleased me.  I could read and watch and listen to whatever caught my fancy and never give a thought to any real learning.  I could ignore everything and everyone around me except the ones I chose to love, the ones just like me.  I could simply change the channel.

But, once upon a time, my parents taught me the name Jesus.  Then Sunday School taught me that “Jesus Loves Me.” Then life taught me that I was not in charge, but that Someone else was.  I figured I had better get to the bottom of it.  And then I learned on whom I should be calling.  I heard so many wonderful and mysterious things.  I heard wonderful preaching, from the pulpit and from the hearts of my new friends.  Then I was asked to share what was in my heart.  My life will never be the same.

Once upon a time, I said to my Pastor, “This Jesus stuff is hard.”  It is not any easier today than it was at the outset of my journey.  I have come to realize that it is not intended to be easy.  We will find ourselves in situations where we will have to choose to go along with the crowd or stand with our Savior.  We are meant to be challenged to walk farther, dig deeper, come closer than we could ever have imagined at the outset.  Even when we are happy right where we are.  God wants more.  He wants more from you.  He wants more for you.

Matthew 28:17:  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  They don’t call this “The Mild Suggestion.”  It is known as “The Great Commission.”  It means command.  It means authorization to act on his behalf and he will be with us.  It means we need to be aware of the choices we make every day.  Do we choose Jesus?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki