From the Pastor’s Desk – August 2018

August 14th, 2018 by Kali Lewis

We are like explorers who set out searching for one thing only to find something else. As Christians or those seeking Christ we have ideas of who Christ is and what it means to follow Christ. Often, we compose our own set of standards or beliefs based upon our comfort zones and levels of justification in order to feel ok with God. But then something or somethings happen to turn our beliefs upside down throwing us into a spiritual turmoil so much so that we find ourselves unsure of who we are. In Mark 10:17-27 we read the following: 17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ’You must not murder. You must not commit adultery, You must not steal, You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother’ 20 “Teacher.” The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 in fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” 26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, ”Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” The young man was searching for peace of mind, eternal life. What he encountered instead was unexpected. We are in the same boat. We come to Jesus searching for something. What we find is not what we were looking for. Our world is upended and we find ourselves having to rethink the reality of which we were so assured. Some of us may shake our heads like the young man and turn back, or at least turn aside. But others will say yes and follow Jesus’ call. I pray that as you continue in your faith development and walk with the Lord, that you will listen to teachings of the Holy Spirit and wait on the Lord in those moments of spiritual conflict.