We had a wonderful joyous church service this morning - it was an inspiring sermon and worship time. When I am at church, I feel so good, so filled, so right. The Holy Spirit was tugging at me and I was crying during part of the music, sometimes He does that to me, and the tears just come. I used to be embarrassed by that, but as I've gotten older, I just let the Spirit lead me, and don't worry.
2 weeks post Easter our Pastor was reminding us how amazed and in awe Mary Magdalene must have felt all those years ago when she went to the tomb and saw it empty! She went to tell the disciples and they didn't believe at first. Then he challenged us about whether we would have really have believed ourselves, even tho we were right there living through that moment in history. Even now, 2,000 years later so many still don't believe.
Pastor talked about the author, journalist and Yale Graduate Lee Strobel and his own journey of faith. Inspired by his wife's faith and the change in her life, he began investigating the "The Case for Christ" and whether he actually existed on this earth. I have read many of Strobel's books, and as a believer I can say that I think that Strobel does indeed make the case, but do you? After his thorough investigation, and totally convinced that Jesus did indeed live and die on that Cross, Strobel got down on his knees and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Pastor also talked about Columbine martyr Cassie Bernall. When the 2 gunman where making their way through the school, murdering kids, room by room, they were asking people if they believed in Jesus. Cassie said yes and they shot her dead. Are you willing to die for your faith the pastor asked us? Would you be willing to say "Yes, I believe in God. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ." It's easy to say yes in theory, but in reality, would you really be willing to risk your life for your faith? I say yes because I really have no life without Him. I have learned to lean on Him for everything. He has NEVER let me down and I believe He never will. That's another story for another day's blog. But I ask you friends, would you be willing to risk your very existence to say "YES", Yes I believe in God, Yes, I believe in Jesus??
As I see all the tragedy in the world in which we live, the ONLY thing that makes sense to me is JESUS! What is worth hanging on to during this short time on earth? Your health can fail (believe me, I know) your beauty is only momentary at best, your worldly possessions come and go, your friends and loved ones move, change, or pass away. We are all here a very short time. Nothing can bring you total contentment but Jesus. What do you rely on in this crazy world?
My verse today is from the Gospel of John: 20:28-29
Thomas said to Jesus: "My Lord and my God!"
Then Jesus told him,"Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
I do believe in you, Lord. Use me during my time on this earth, to be your hands and your feet. Increase my faith each day. Use me to loudly and boldly proclaim Your good news to everyone I meet. Be with those who are hurting, be with those who are doubting, be with those who are grieving, open their eyes.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen