Are you a Reformer at heart? A Reformer has love and passion for the traditions
of the past that honor God and gives life to the masses. A Reformer has deep
values grounded in God’s Word. These values serve as the motivation for what
they say, how they act, and who they are. A Reformer recognizes hypocrisy and
fights with undaunted determination to make corrections that steer toward the
mission of helping neighbors encounter the living Lord. A Reformer recognizes
the times and boldly uses whatever means are necessary to offer the Good News in
a language and media that most will understand. A Reformer looks to be transformed as they work toward the
transformation of the prevailing culture. A Reformer will do whatever it takes to connect God’s love to a real
Jesus Christ was a Reformer. The Apostle Paul was a Reformer. Martin Luther was a Reformer. How about
This month we will be celebrating the transformations God causes in our lives as we move from religion to
relationship, practice getting over worry, learn to choose God first and celebrate the best of our Reformation
Are you a Reformer at heart? Whether you are watching online or here in person, come find out as we journey
together through God’s Word each Sunday.
Friends, thank you for taking a moment to stop and read and grow. I, like many of you, am doing my best with all of the adjustments we’ve had to make because of
all of the unrest. If I let myself drift apart from the Lord, I am grumpy, impatient, and frustrated. Work becomes drudgery. Play becomes repetitious. And rest
becomes fitful. If I let myself drift apart from the Lord…
That’s the key to it all. When I am drifting more deeply into the Lord, I am happier, patient, and peaceful. Work becomes creative. Play becomes inspirational. And rest is peaceful.
Friends, when I am intentional about fostering my relationship with Jesus, he shares his spirit with me. As his spirit lives inside of me, my perspective changes causing a deeper, mature approach to the unrest around me. I find I am more confident in myself because I have been in conversation with Jesus who assures me and provides for me and shows me how much he cares. The same can be true for you. Do not let yourself drift from the Lord. Drift into the Lord and see what his spirit awakens in you.
Some key elements in faithful living according to Jesus in Luke 9:51-62
Have a clearly defined purpose (v. 51)
1. a. Define what God wants you do.
(After 40 days, Jesus knew)
b. Determine what you are willing to give.
(Jesus knew it would cost his life.)
c. Establish a definite date when it will be done. Create a plan and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put it into action.
(Jesus had a clear plan beginning with his baptism and the call of his first disciples.)
d. Write out a clear concise statement of what God wants you to do, what you’ll give, the time frame, and your plan.
e. Go over this plan every morning and evening allowing yourself to both feel and believe you already are doing. (Jesus prayed in evenings and mornings.)
f. Believe it will happen and let yourself imagine what your life will look like when it is happening. (Jesus called this praying and believing you have already received it.)
2. Learn to let go and move on. (v. 56)
3. Eliminate distractions. (v. 58)
4. Give up excuses. (vs. 60,62)
Jesus says, just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another.
For most of us, June marks the start of the summer season. Our youth get out of school. We get out of the house off on vacations to the beach or the mountains or to see relatives or to places we’ve never been. We look forward to fresh corn, tomatoes, melons, squash, beans, peppers, and other vegetables. We fire up the grill or stoke a fire in the pit to serve up meats kissed with our favorite smokes—mesquite, oak, hickory, cherry, and apple woods. We have many opportunities to show love like Jesus is talking about.
To love like Jesus is to invest in those around you wherever you are, whenever you are with them. On vacation, will we venture to strike up a meaningful conversation with that parent who looks like they are struggling? Will we share the produce of our gardens with that neighbor who is living off food stamps? Will we invite those we don’t know well to our backyard parties so that we might get to know them? There are so many ways we can love like Jesus.
How about us as a church? As we make plans for the summer and for the fall, how can Friedens show the people of Gibsonville that we care about them—that Jesus cares about them? I’d like to invite you to look around, dream a little, and share with me your ideas how we can reach out to the people of Gibsonville. You can text me or leave a voice mail message at 336-693-7000. I’ll look forward to hearing your ideas. May we not only kick off the start of the summer season, may we also kick off the start of showing and sharing Jesus’ love in a fresh, new way.