Sunday, March 22, 2015

5th Sunday of Lent 2015 – Commit to the Journey

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV


During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

Faith is demonstrated not defined. A.W.Tozer

[Jesus asks] “Which of the two did the will of his father?”… Matthew 21:28-32

In the parable of The Two Sons, the Father goes to one son and then the other with this request, "Go work in the vineyard today." The first son initially says, "I will not go” but later changes his mind and goes to work. The second son says, "Yes, sir" but does not go. Jesus asks, "Which of the two did the father's will?" The answer is the first son, the one who actually did as asked. Jesus commends the reluctant but repentant first son. Jesus wants our actions to agree with our words.

Falling victim to ritual and routine in our spiritual lives, we imply "yes" by attending church, singing songs, repeating prayers. We simply show up. Months and sometimes years go by without any spiritual growth. In other words, our hearts and minds do not truly embrace the journey Christ calls us to live. Growing our faith requires change, intentional change. God’s faithfulness reaches into the world with Christ’s unfailing love and ultimate sacrifice, bringing grace and teaching obedience. Commit to the journey with Christ. Experience His peace in persecution, His love in loneliness, His truth in temptation. Study the sacred Scriptures. Linger in holy prayer. Go work in the vineyard today! 

Faithful Father, Your promises call to me, but the shadows whisper, too. In the sanctuary surrounded by sacred music and holy words, life seems easier, but the randomness and weariness of life waits just outside the church doors. Teach me how to be more faithful within the struggles and unpredictability. Meet me in the middle of the interruptions. You can change my heart and my mind. Help me commit to the journey with You for Great is Your faithfulness. -dho

Focus Point: Growing our faith requires change, intentional change.

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