Everyone you meet is important to someone. Each person you meet has someone in their lives that makes them feel important. Many of the people you meet, may have just found that right person that they wish to spend the rest of their lives with. Or others may have just received the news that they are to become a new parent or grandparent. What is most important to remember, is that every one of us is important to someone else.
Each of us have experienced joy and sadness, good times and bad, times when we had enough money to live on, and times we did not. We all have experienced the death of a loved one, or friend. We all have had times where we are just barely holding on, and at other times we may have all felt the bitter sting of defeat. It is a bitter herb to be sure, but we have all had a time when we have experienced it.
We all have had times in our lives that we wished we could forget, and other times where we wished it would continue forever.
And then, some of us have had times that were exceptionally difficult. Times when there seemed to be no joy. No matter how hard we tried, nothing seemed to go right. It is in these times that we looked towards those whose life is better because of us. We turn to where we know we are loved and cared for no matter the circumstance. Yet for some of us, these people seem to be far away, too busy, so we suffer through these times, thinking we are alone, but, we are never truly alone.
As I said, we are all important to someone else. So when we look at each other try to imagine that person as a mother or father, a son or daughter, an aunt or an uncle, a grandmother and grandfather. The point is, in someone’s life, each of us is important in someone’s life. We are their world. In someone’s life we are needed, we are appreciated, and we are loved.
Even when you think you are not one of these people, consider this; your life is important, you are the world to someone, you are loved and cared for by someone, someone who will always love you, and always be ready for you with an out stretched hand, waiting for you take hold, who am I? He is the best big brother anyone can ask for. In His life, we all are important. We all matter, and we are all part of His family. We are all loved by Him and we are all welcome at His table. Jesus is with us always, He is near us always, and without condition, He will always love us… take time this week to look at other people and realize that they are important in someone else’s life, and that like you, they are also important in Jesus’ life too.
I missed posting on Wednesday, I have given much thought on what I should say, what I might say or what
I could have said. However, for each of these questions I did not receive an answer that allowed me to write effectively. Normally I would turn to a page in my bible, and reflect on the verse I found, and then try to write a message
that is useful, relevant and speaks to us so we will know what God wants and needs us to do.
This week, even though I followed the same thing I have done since starting this blog, I found a verse and could not
find anything to say about it. Perhaps at times we are all like that, maybe we see a verse of scripture, and
while we believe we should be able to place it in to a context that is useful, we find we have nothing to say.
Why this happens? I cannot supply an adequate answer. For me, this happens when I have to many things
happening in my life. Maybe I have scheduled to many appointments during a given day or week.
Maybe I have attempted to have my hand in all that goes into running a ministry, rather than allowing others to
assist me. I may have some preconceived notion that I am, what I would call, a super pastor. One who does not
need assistance as they can handle everything on their own. This however is the furthest thing from the truth.
I believe that at times, we spend so much time trying to do it all, that we forget our humanity, that we are human and
not as tireless as God is. We at times become so wrapped up in our faith that we forget that we are fathers
and mothers, daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, grandparents and friends. We forget, being servants of
Christ, that we must also be servants to ourselves and those around us whom we love and cherish. We should
consider, that if we are to do the work that God and Christ have called us to do, how can we do Their work if we
do not tend to our physical health, our spiritual health (in prayer and meditation) and our families and loved ones?
We find an answer to this question 1 Timothy 5:8, we are told “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives,
and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
We are to provide for our families, not only their physical needs, but also by giving of our time and love to them,
using the time we have with them meaningful and fulfilling.
Timothy also tells us, “For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for
God's church?” (1 Timothy 3:5). Timothy again tell us that we must tend to our own families and loved ones.
If we cannot take care of our own, how can we then, take care of those whom we are sent to by God?
In short, the work that God sends us to, should start in our own homes. We should live our lives in the same
manner that we are telling others to live, in this way we are teaching others by our examples, rather than in words
which we cannot substantiate.
Paul tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Paul speaks of the fruit of the spirt, how through the spirit we are to act towards one another.
How we should act towards those whom we do not know, and, also to those whom we hold most dear.
God calls us to be servants, let his call to servanthood start in our own families, so that we may speak to
others from experience, rather than in words alone.
On the road to Emmaus
We all have heard the story of the men walking to Emmaus when they encounter the risen Christ, Luke 24:13-35, and how on this trip the men came to realize who they walked with. I believe that this verse can be applied to our lives today. When we are at the beginning of the path, we have not encountered Christ in our lives. When Jesus appeared to the disciples, is when we first seek Christ out, not knowing who he is, but rather wishing to be with him. Just as they walked on the road with Him, we have accepted that we wish to follow Him, as we listen to Him explain how scripture not only foretold of His coming in the old testament, but also explained that He was the Christ the Messiah. When they asked Him to continue with them as it was getting dark, this is when we look to know Him better, to spend more time with him that we may strengthen our relationship with Him. As they joined Him at the table, when he opened their eyes that they may see He was the rise Lord, this is when we have come into communion with Christ. It is when we come to understand that Christ follows us where we go, He is always offering to talk to us, and invites us to sit at the table with Him.
We are all at different places on this road, some at the beginning and some who have come into communion with Christ. However, though we may have come to His table, we must all walk this road, many times, building our relationship with Christ, embracing what He teaches us, and learning how in Him, we find our way into the kingdom.
Where are you on your road in Christ? Where are you in your relationship with Christ?
The road to Emmaus is a difficult one, as it requires us to stay on a narrow path, one that is rocky and long. However, it is one that leads us to understanding, the path we have been called to as followers of Christ.
Have you thought about how you are walking on this road?
This week, let’s consider what brings us together, rather, than what makes us different. Looking at the whole of the Christian faithful, we have to agree that the one constant is our faith in Christ as savior, redeemer and King. Though we may have different ways of defining how we follow our faith in Christ, our belief in salvation through him, we are all bound by Christ and His salvation. As this week begins, we should give some thought to this, we should look for our similarities rather than our differences, and our combined belief in the Risen Christ who died for our good, that in Him we may find our way into the Kingdom.
In keeping with the theme of my previous post, are we spending enough time building our relationship with God, I wanted to touch on a similar subject, are we spending enough time with the word of God?
Let me preface this by saying, I am not providing direction for study of scripture, rather, I am asking if we are allowing the word of God to come into our hearts and lead us in the direction that God wants us to follow.
Recently someone said to me:
“we have a tendency to bend the bible to fit our views and beliefs, rather than allowing the bible to mold us into the people God wants us to be.”
I must admit it took me a moment or two to grasp what I was being told. Am I allowing the bible to mold me into what God wants me to be, or what God has called me to be?
Without giving this a direct answer, as I honestly believe the answer to this question is one that must be answered on an individual level, rather than corporately.
While I reflected on this, for some time mind you, the story of the road to Emmaus came to mind. Especially in the last portion of this gospel, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:13-35)
Were our hearts not burning? What does this mean to you? What should it mean to you? I can only answer what it says to me, and that is, the truth of scripture the truth of the Gospels must speak to us, they must teach us, and they must lead us to follow the road that Christ has paved for us.
Are we willing to allow God’s word to burn in our hearts? Or are we only going to read the words and not allow them to speak to us?
As I sat at my desk, thinking about what I would write about for this Monday meditation, I must admit, I struggled to find something to write about. I spent time thinking, I spent time racking my brain for something, anything to talk about.
Then it occurred to me, how much time did I devote to working on this meditation post. I spent time working, which of course is understandable, and I spent time in over thinking, allowing myself to become distracted and overwhelmed with cleaning out my office and the mountains of paper that I have held onto for so long, wondering why I kept most of it.
I spent more time in becoming distracted in the hope of finding something to say, rather than listening for something to say.
What I mean by this is I spent less time in talking to and listening to God and more time believing that I could handle this on my own, and I found out … that I could not.
Many of us find ourselves to be too busy to spend time in reflection and pray, and more importantly, listening to the direction God wishes for us to follow. For many, taking the time out to pray and meditate, tuning out all of the distractions of our lives, may feel foreign or difficult, it may not be something we can work into our schedules.
However, spending time with God, listening and praying for direction may just be what “the Doctor ordered”. For week, spend some time with God, spend some time listening, but more importantly, hearing what God is calling you to do. Spend some time with God, take some time to listen, you will find it will build your relationship with Him in ways you may have never thought could be possible.
Pastor Lisa Chachula