Grace and peace to you, Friends in Christ,
These last several months have been, well, exciting. Between packing—moving—unpacking and our firstborn starting kindergarten, it has been quite an adventure! David and I are just now beginning to get back to normal. Yet it was during this time that I realized that all the transitions, the unknowns, and the unavoidable challenges are what makes our lives, well, pretty much normal, I guess.
It is all in how we respond and call on God when things seem too tiring or too tough to overcome on our own. Sometimes it seems like it would be much simpler, if it was just about us, but we know that is not true reality. We know that there is more to the world than just our own individuality or our own truth or our own preferences, as Paul is quick to remind us in his letter to the Romans (check chapters 12-14 when you get a chance).
John Wesley, too, lived a life that was centered in this fact. And it was his devotion to the life of faith which ensured that countless others were brought into the light of Jesus Christ and able to see that Christ is, indeed, the Savior of the world. This is the example we have been given. Holy living is the calling we all have – and that’s exactly what it means when we proclaim that all are ministers of the Gospel.
Jesus has given us the greatest example of how to lead our lives – and God calls us to follow his example. Yet this is where we often run aground or stall. The life of faith is not an easy one by any means, but it is truly a rewarding one. As we venture in the faith together (yes, together, united, as a community, in deep fellowship with one another), we live each day better than the one before it. We travel the road to perfection, knowing that we’ve strived to be the best follower of Jesus Christ that we could be.
So as the sun sets each evening and we rest our head on our pillows, we fall asleep recognizing the good that we have done in the name of our Lord, but also the areas where we have fallen short – whether intentionally or unintentionally. Then when we wake up the next morning we again venture down that path of perfection in Christ and the holy way of living.
We have to remember that we are part of a community, and for that community to function is when we support it through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Not only is this true in our congregations, but in our secular communities, as well. The example that Jesus Christ has given us is not just one of worship an hour a week, but instead a lifestyle that we have to practice each and every day and with each and every breath we take.
I ask that we all, myself included, that we try to live up to Christ’s calling of perfection and to strive for it daily. Let us be the disciple that Jesus Christ has called each one of us to be. Let us respond to the needs when they arise, and never forget that we do not go down this path alone. God is with us, and we have one another, too!
Grace and peace,