Our focus has been on Hebrews 12:1-2 where we find that the world has a pattern to how it wants to direct our paths. So does God, but the world runs the bases backwards compared to God’s Game Plan. Scripture tells us that we must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” We must begin to think differently than the world thinks, and allow God to change our way of thinking, because “God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.”
Really it all comes down to obedience, and our willingness to submit to God’s authority rather than our own, or even the world around us. Can we submit to the will of God, or are we held captive or enslaved by the world? Our careers? Our finances? Our children? Our hobbies? Our desire to “Be Somebody” in the eyes of others?
1 John 1:7 states: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Obedience to God is the key to unlocking real peace and happiness in our lives. Disobedience leads to guilt and a lace of peace. It will grind us into a terrible mental and spiritual state. In this verse, John says that if we walk in the light (if we are obedient), we will have a deep fellowship (stay connected) with Jesus.
When we walk in His light, we get things right with ourselves (commitment – 1st base), we then value others more than ourselves (community – 2nd base) and then we find success (as God defines it) in all that we do (competence – 3rd base) and we win in the end by finishing strong and staying connected (1st base) with God.
Know that you are loved and prayed for. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday as we gather together for worship.
Rev. Dave McGaffey