“Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ.” Some of us don’t remember that day because Jesus has always been a part of our lives. Yet others of us have a distinct moment when all the dots connected and we knew we had finally met the one who would change our lives forever. No matter what your “coming to Jesus” experience is, the good news is we are here. Keep focused on the joy and overflowing blessing we have for being Christ followers.
Many are not. Many are still moving around aimlessly in life unsure of their purpose or destiny. Are you like me, desperate to be more of a light in the darkness? Maybe you’re still lost in the darkness, looking toward the light wondering how it is possible that God can love you? Our message for hope comes from John 3:16, (paraphrased) God loves us so much that he sent his Son Jesus to save us all. Are you ready for that salvation?
Today’s reading goes on in a such a marvelous way. So many nuggets here to give hope and blessing. Even if we are stuck in a struggle right now, we are not alone. Not only is God on our side, but there are other believers who are cheering us on as well. Look around. You will see them. Their similar struggles may be in the past, but they remember, they always remember. We are here to support one another.
No matter what comes our way, we must not lose our joy. Joy is not happiness. Joy is deeper. We have it when we remember there are “better things waiting for you that will last forever.” We can tap into the joy of Christ so our joy will be full. Christ has given us an inheritance. That is a reason for me to be joyful, how about you?
How does it work? “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Patience does not come easily to me. I tend to want things now, or even yesterday. But God is working in me to trust him for his provision. If I am only patient, it will all work out. If I totally rely on God, I cannot lose.
God lets us choose how we want to live and act. He isn’t a grand puppeteer. When I read statements like this, “We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved,” I want to be faithful. I want to live my life pleasing God, serving God, and loving him with my whole heart. I haven’t always been able to say that. There was a little “self serving” going on in my past. How much better to let God run the show!
Let’s pray. Lord, I thank you for the promises you give those who stay faithful to you. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Help me to stand boldly and patiently as I wait for your return. Use me to touch the lives of others by my words and actions. You have placed me in a community of overcomers. Together we are stronger, and we can make a difference. Thank you for this opportunity and privilege to be your ambassador in this world. Fill me with boldness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.