“Whenever I feel my foot slipping, your faithful love steadies me, Lord. When my anxieties multiply, your comforting calms me down”. Psalm 94:18-19 CEB
Why do we allow our feet to slip?
This is a great metaphor for our lives, don’t you think? Over the past month or so we have been discussing what discipleship looks like. For some this term has a different meaning. I have sat in many meetings in people’s homes and have listened to people discuss what they want out of church. It is amazing the melting pot that we have in our congregations, but if you listen to what was being said, it all relates to our church’s mission: “Making disciples for the transformation of the world.”
With that being said, I appreciate all the feedback and information that you gave during these short meetings. I also appreciate the hosts that made the desserts and let us use their homes. Thank you to the people who help organize the meetings also. With the end of summer comes many changes, children go back to school, people leave the area, and so on. Honestly, summer has slipped away. It is a short season, and in a few months, we will be dreaming of it all again, won’t we?
This leads me to what the Psalmist wrote, “Whenever I feel my feet slipping, you steady me, Lord.” Now think of this not just as your feet but also your heart, or even your mind. So how do we keep from slipping, by loving each other, not criticizing?
1 John 2:5-6 (CEB) tells us this;
“5: But the love of God is truly perfected in whoever keeps his word. This is how we know we are in him.”
“6: The one who claims to remain in him ought to live in the same way as he lived.”
I want us to truly think about this over the next month:
Are we loving and living in the way Jesus wanted us?
Are we claiming him as our Lord?
We all have great ideas; people work hard to help with discipleship making. There is no need to speak badly about opportunities that people are called to do. As I stated earlier, we are a melting pot. We as a church need to work together to show others what love is about, we need to keep our comments to ourselves. When we invite the evil one in, he will stay in our lives.
With that, I pray that our local church invites love toward all people; we are in ministry together working on mission. Please support our church by praying for those who are searching for their calling, also pray for those who are willing to take that step forward and answer that call. Pray that we all can unite as one holy church. I pray that even though our feet may slip, that we can still stay firmly planted.
In Christ’s Love,