March 14, 2019
Good afternoon, Congregation,
Spring is close to arriving. Time change has happened, rain is here and warm weather is almost here. Change in weather leads to changes for all of us. Outside work will begin. Yards to mow, gardens to till and plant, fields to till and plant, trees to care for, weeds to treat, flowers to grow. It is an exciting time. I always enjoy the spring season when things start to grow. New life is exciting in so many ways. And as things start to grow, we wonder what it will look like at maturity.
So it is when we see new life within humans. It is awesome to see new babies and dream of what they will be like when they grow up. What will they do career wise and what difference will this person make in the life of humanity? I wonder what Billy Graham’s parents thought when he was a little boy. There was a boy that was born that we read about in the Bible and grew up into adulthood. The people of his day didn’t think anything good could come from his town, and yet he saved the world from their sins.
Each of us are invited to have a growing season in our lives. Jesus invites us to come to him and live our life for him and make necessary changes in our life so that we reflect him in our life.
What difference are you making in the world that you are living in? Are you changing lives, and making a positive difference in people around you? During this Lent season we are looking at the letters to the seven churches found in Revelation 2 & 3. In these letters the church is encouraged to make a difference. Those who are not making a difference are encouraged to make a change. Within these letters you will find a message to yourself. I would encourage you to keep reading and studying them. Within 5 of these 7 letters there is a censor for wrongs that were being done. There is also some form of invitation to make a change in the life of the reader.
This week I had a graveside service for an individual who was over 90 years old. It caused me to stop and ponder what people would say about me when I died. Each day our life is like a blank page in a book. We have an opportunity to write the contents of that page. Hopefully with the help that comes from the Holy Spirit living within us, we write a page that reflects Jesus in our life. A few years ago, I read a book that talked about moving from success to significance. It is common that when we are young, we strive for success. As we age and start to realize that we will one day die, we often begin to move to thinking about what will bring significance more than success.
We need God’s help to live a life that makes a difference. I would encourage you to do a self-examination and be intentional in living life to be significant.