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Experiencing LIFE Today - January 6, 2017

  • 2017 Jan 06

It is good for children to find themselves facing the elements of a fairy tale – they are well-equipped to deal with these. — Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic

When I was a boy, I went to Spain with my family. One day, I was out on the sand with my dad, and he said, “Hey, Pete, try to step in my footprints.” I gave it all I had, but I was just a little guy and couldn’t do it. It was so frustrating.

My dad saw my frustration and scooped me up, putting my feet on his feet. As we pranced together through the sandy terrain, I shouted between giggles, “Mom! Look what I’m doing!”

Some would say I wasn’t doing anything at all, but that’s not true. I was cooperating. I could have said no or pulled my hands away.

As we conclude our Top 10 list, we are reminded of our dependence upon, and cooperation with, Jesus.

#2. We, the Church, pray for our pastors.

The author of Hebrews writes, “Pray for us…” (“us” meaning those who shepherd their fellow believers). “We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.” (13:18)
I know a lot of pastors, and they desire to live honorably in every way. Their heart is to walk with Jesus and love people. If you’re a part of a church that tends to beat up their pastor, I’d ask you to pray instead. Pray for your pastor’s spouse. Pray for his or her children. Pray for the church’s small group leaders too. Your encouragement and prayers mean more than you can possibly imagine!

#1. We, the Church, are all about Jesus.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ… (13:20-21).

This passage is the entire book of Hebrews summarized in one long sentence. Jesus equips and empowers us. In Him we have everything we need, and we are ready for anything we may encounter. His Spirit will do the work. Our role is to rest in Him.

Lord, yes! By knowing what the Church is about, we don’t have to focus on what the Church is not about. We know we can cooperate with You and depend upon You, and You’ll do an incredible work through us. We’re ready, Jesus. Let’s go!!

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