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Getting Our Feet Wet

Pastoral Musings…

 

At times Jesus says some difficult words for us to follow such as some of the following: ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ And there is this: ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’  These words were said to two who had declared they wanted to follow Jesus, but just needed to bury their Father and say farewell to their family. Reasonable requests are they not?  Yet, Jesus seems to feel differently in saying what may appear at first glance rather harsh. Jesus has a desire for ‘radical action!’ and he desires it now!  Jesus wants to take the, ‘No! Not yet! And turn it into, ‘Yes! Now! 

 

This is not how most of us prefer to do things. We need time to plan, discuss, think about it, consider our options and the such while Jesus at least in these words desires immediate action. We live in a time of caution, we are people of prudence, yet in this changing world and a period of a new reformation in the church I wonder if it is action that is required along with prayerful planning and consideration. When faced with difficult change in an environment of constant change and danger our instincts are to be careful and cautious which I share and understand. Yet, we may not have that luxury. The world we live in is not waiting for us to be ready to take action for it moves on with or without us. I do believe it is time for ACTION as people of faith. By this I mean to speak about our faith, take risks for the sake of the gospel, reach out to those different than us and to proclaim the kingdom of God!  This means to look to the future and not to the past for the past defines us and helps to see who we have been but let it also empower us to move forward in courage.  Let us not be found waiting on the shore of the Reed Sea waiting for God to do something but let us be found at the Jordan River willing to get our feet wet as we enter into the Promise Land! Do we have our face set on Jesus or do we shuffle our feet and move not?   It is time to claim the power of faith and move forward together to build the church of Christ. It is time for decisions and movement into the future God calls us to be a part.

 

So as a people let us do what we may fear, let us dare to trust in God to guide and provide for us guidance and courage. Let us trust ourselves and each other to hear God’s call and respond in courage and hope. We have discussed, we have planned, we have considered so now let us decide and take action. The time for waiting or looking for certainty in our actions is nearing an end. For as St. Paul said, …faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ It is time to move forward together following Jesus proclaiming the kingdom of God. The time is now so let’s get going!

 

With faith and hope,

 

Pastor Stan