It's January 21; Good Morning Union

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7  

Quite a “formula” for those who need more specific direction in this journey with Jesus! If I want to know how to “stay with Jesus” I need to remember what it was like when I started the journey. For some of us this is not as easy as for others. I was “born in the church” (no, actually I was born in the hospital! J But probably one of the first places my parents took me was to church!) so I have a harder time identifying that beginning place. It’s just always been there, which I have found is a great asset in the journey, but also a challenge at times when I try and “remember” how it all began. For me I need to identify “turning points” in my spiritual journey and use them as the anchor points in my step by step coming to and staying with Jesus. I heard a Christian counsel talk about this one time and he said he needed to “out behind the barn” and make a strong statement about his commitment to Jesus, and then whenever he was tempted to doubt it he would “remind” Satan of the day, the place, the time, and the decision he had made “out behind the barn.” It became his anchor point that brought him through the attacks of Satan on his security in Jesus.

With the anchor point, which becomes my “root,” I build on that and my root become a tree; my anchor holds my boat! I find the beginning to hang onto, then I use that point to keep growing and moving forward. To follow someone or something means to be actively moving in some direction. To follow Jesus is the same. I identify my beginning point—and then I move, and keep moving toward that which, or Whom, I’m following. This, I believe, is one of the key points of forgetfulness for a Christian—I say I follow but then I don’t move! Regular steps toward the One I am following not only give evidence that I AM following, but provides me with the encouragement to keep on following, because I’m tracking with Him. If I don’t take steps to follow pretty soon I forget that I was actually following and feel lost!

I know it’s not as easy to “follow Jesus” as it is to play “follow the leader,” because I can’t physically see the One I am following in the one game. The verse for today says “faith” is what I exercise in the follow Jesus game. Faith is believing in what I can’t see; trusting in what I have discovered is worth trusting in. I think that’s why the verse ends with “overflowing with gratitude.” The key, as I continue to find it, is in learning to wrestle with the amazing grace of Jesus who loves me (and you) so much. My thankfulness, as it grows, becomes my catalyst for continuing in the faith-filled following of my Savior!

So have a great day in gratitude by faithfully taking daily steps toward Jesus,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

PS Chapel today will be a double-feature; Gary Krause from the General Conference and Steve Hamilton from the Rocky Mountain Conference. Join us in the church at 10:30 this morning for our midweek family time with God.

PPS “At the Core” Bible study each Tuesday night @ 7 in the Prescott Hall Prayer Room.

PPPS “Christ on Demand” Tuesday evenings @ 8:30 in the Lang Lobby (above the Ortner Center.)

PPPPS MAU Youth Directors are still here for today so if you are thinking about summer camp ministry be sure and see one of them—TODAY!!