Do you ever feel like the world seems just a tad bit off track here and there? I do. But this weekend, when hundreds of “all you all” walked down the aisles at Northland, or stood in your home, or at Starbucks, or in prisons, or raised a hand in your car and renewed your commitment to trust Jesus, while dozens more trusted in Christ for the first time, I knew that the world just got a tad bit more back on track.
When I was a kid, I thought only people who lived on the other side of the world didn’t know Jesus. Then, somewhere along the line, I realized that there were people who lived in my neighborhood who had never met Him! And they live in your neighborhood, too! Whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not, we who identify as Christians are missionaries to the people God puts in our path every day. What we say and do leaves them with an impression of the Lord we love. The choices we make each day can spur someone’s curiosity to know more about Jesus, inspire another Christian’s re-commitment to Christ— or not. It surely was easier to be a kid just thinking about being a missionary on the other side of the world!
That said, I’m really looking forward to this leg of our journey of faith as Joel’s preaching and teaching will help us know how to really make a difference for Jesus wherever we are. He has kicked off the year with sermons that reminded us to leave our sins behind and to trust Jesus with our lives. And this coming weekend is Baptism Weekend at Northland. Baptism is an outward expression of our inward faith, a declaration to the world that we've chosen to follow Jesus Christ.
No reason for us to be overwhelmed on our marathon journey of faith! Let's just keep taking each next step!
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”- Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
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