Is this all there is?
Is there more to life?
We search for meaning, a purpose to the daily humdrum of life. It can be easy to slip into a rut and forget the big picture. To be reminded of our why helps to encourage us on those days we want to run away from it all.
We begin a new series together exploring being from on the verge of going deeper in our faiths with Jesus Christ. Whether you have been journeying with Him for decades, or a couple of years, or you are beginning your journey today, we are all on the verge of a deeper faith in Jesus.
Over the next several weeks together we will hear from God in the Gospel of Matthew of how we are created in His image and each called to serve wherever we are in His name.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:20)
Each of us has been created in the image of God. Meaning we are akin to God enabling us to have genuine fellowship with God. God knows us fully. We are able to grow in our relationship with Him because we are created in His image.
Though we are created in His image it does not mean we can ‘rest on our laurels’ and feel entitled to go to Heaven. It is from our humble repentance and God freely giving His grace that we live and serve. We live in the freedom of being fully forgiven of our sins.
As followers of Jesus we live from the image of God (imago Dei). We are empowered to serve the Lord with joy. What we do and say reflects Jesus to others. We are His representatives here on Earth.
It is exciting to know we are created in the image of God. We know our identity is from God alone. Peace abounds within us because we know we belong to God. Joy fills our hearts as we go forward serving the Lord.
“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they [Peter and Andrew] left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:19-20)
At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus called His disciples to learn from Him. In this verse Jesus invites two brothers Peter & Andrew to leave their family’s fishing business to follow Him with their whole lives.
Jesus stands in front of you today saying the same words He said to Peter and Andrew, “Come, follow me.”
He is inviting you to serve Him with joy.
He is inviting you to step from being on the verge to a closer walk with Him.
Will you join Him?
This Week’s Challenge
Write in Dry Erase marker on your bathroom mirror one way you want to grow closer to Jesus. Be practical in how you will live it out. As you get ready each morning schedule it in your day to do it.