deuteronomy 11 18What does it mean to be faithful?  Have you ever thought about that question?

Typically, people like you and me have some idea about how to answer the question, even if following through is more difficult.  We know that we are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).  We know we are to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).  But what does it mean to be faithful as a a community of disciples?

That is a little more difficult because while the behavior may remain the same, it involves coming together, listening, praying, and deciding together how to move forward.  It means that there is discernment from everyone to determing what exactly "being faithful" looks like from a group perspective.  Does it mean that God is calling something to end so that something new can grow?  Does it mean we do something differently because it brings life-giving energy?  Or maybe what is discerned is that we "don't worry about tomorrow because tomorrow has its own worries (Matthew 6:34)," but instead "commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Teach them to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Deuteronomy 11:18-20)."  What if instead of worrying we became the face of Jesus for all those around?

God measures success by faithfulness, not by attendance, membership, dollars, or even souls saved.  God tells us that above all be faithful.  Get to work.  Who's in?

Pastor Jen