Last Sunday we celebrated worship in the Jacksons’ backyard, a gorgeous setting along the Willamette River’s Coastal Fork. A cool, overcast day greeted us and gave us energy and spurred us to worship God with enthusiasm. A large crowd of members and guests anticipated a great day of joy knowing we would witness people expressing their commitment to God by being baptized in the river. One person even said how great it was to “watch sins being washed downstream!”
My T-shirt Sunday said, “Be The Change,” a sentiment I feel more and more these days. We change something every day. If we want, we can choose the changes. A great part of repentance is becoming aware of new realities and deciding to walk the new path. That journey is not just for those “newbies” experiencing submersion in our local trout stream; it’s for each of us to discover God’s revelation daily.
Do we quit walking by faith as we grow older and more comfortable in the Faith? The Apostle Paul, wrote, “Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” How do we become renewed daily if we aren’t evaluating our faith daily?
I challenge you to consider who you are and who you are becoming, what truths remain constant and what decisions need changed. As you face issues in your day, please pray, “God, take over and show me what you want.”
Events cause new realities. That same man of faith, Paul, wrote at the end of that part of 2 Corinthians 4, “For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”