Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
So this morning I’m torn in terms of what to write. There is so much pushing in around the edges of my consciousness, seeping into my soul. Challenge, opportunity, promise. Assurance, disappointment, grace. Questions.
- Will the church have the courage to actually live into promise (and I mean both The Church Universal and the congregation where Rebekah and I serve)?
- Are the opportunities in front of us simply interesting to think about, or are they a clarion call to move forward?
- Are we determined to be a clear word about Jesus in a world hungry for the unique witness to light that is a dynamic, enthusiastic, vital, mission-oriented Reformed community?
- Or, are we simply going to be a popular destination on Capital Boulevard in love with what we have yet too cautious to risk more?
As Rebekah said in her message this past Sunday (well worth listening to), “God does not call us to be comfortable, God calls us to be faithful!”
Retreat This Weekend:
At the same time, my number one task today is to prepare for a retreat this weekend where I am scheduled to be the speaker. I’ll be driving up to Virginia Friday to lead a group of men as we think about “Doing Life Together” in the context of the following questions:
Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? What are my responsibilities as a follower of Jesus? How does being in community together help me to claim both the promise and the purpose? What is my relationship to those on the periphery or on the outside of the faith community? Do we have a clear role as men being men together?
Well, okay, maybe I have to throw out some of the notes I already had prepared if I am going down this route. But at the moment, doing the thinking-out-loud exercise that always becomes my post for the day, these are important questions.
In fact, coming back to where I started, I believe these are also a good set of questions for the church – The Church Universal:
- Who are we?
- Why are we here?
- What is our purpose?
- What are our responsibilities as followers of Jesus?
- How does being in community together help?
- What are our responsibilities (as followers of Jesus) to those on the periphery and/or the outside?
At Wake Forest Presbyterian Church our mission statement reads, “Rooted in Christ, Growing together in Faith, Reaching Out to Others.”
So I’m wondering, is it possible to honor a statement like that without stepping into tomorrow with a faith so deeply rooted in the love of Jesus that we’re not afraid to take a few risks? Since when did being faithful have anything to do with being comfortable?
Stepping into tomorrow with a faith so deeply rooted in the love of Jesus that we’re not afraid to take a few risks?
It’s a good question for each one of us… Derek
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.