The Life’s Journey Pastor, Casey Kluver, reminds us that the birth of Christ changed history–changed everything. He has so many titles, names, attributes. God, fully God and man, fully man. Not just who He is, what He is… The Lion, the Lamb, Wonderful, Counselor, Comforter, Prince of Peace, Savior… And yet it seemed to take so long. Isaiah prophesied nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ. Then from the last Old Testament Book of Malachi, it was 400 years of relative silence until the nativity in Bethlehem. There is a time of waiting, preparation, then all of a sudden! God is a God of process. He fulfills every prophecy, over 300 of them about Jesus. He does not get frustrated in the process of getting where we are going-He loves us and the process.
Scripture references: Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:30-38, Luke 2:1-20
The Life’s Journey worship leader, Courtney Kluver, shared an encouraging word on really listening to Christmas songs. The lyrics claiming “peace on earth, goodwill to men”, are found in Luke 2:14. When we really consider that the God of all creation has goodwill toward us, it is life changing. Remember, God really loves you!
Do you ever feel like you only want to follow Jesus if you know the results of doing so? Sometimes you might think that only a big task with big impact is worth your time and effort. Yet, you never know how God will use your willingness to follow him wherever he leads. Whenever you say yes to God a ripple of influence starts to move through the community.
In the Christmas story, there is mention of a man named Simeon. One day, Simeon knew God was telling him to go to the local temple. Simeon didn’t know why God wanted him to go, but when he arrived he became part of the greatest story in history. Had Simeon cared only for the big jobs, he would have missed out on something bigger.
Listen as Evan teaches to not get stuck on trying to figure out how God will use you, but instead be willing to follow him. As you learn to follow Jesus, God will work out how your obedience through his power will impact the audience.