25 Apr Walking the Path
I shared in Sunday’s message that God is the only one who can tell us who we are. God is the authority of the universe and should be of our lives. Even when we make the decision to follow Jesus, giving our life to Him and His goals for us, there can be resistance and confusion trying to follow Him.
It is natural for people to want to have control of their lives, but that is not how God works. Our efforts to rule our kingdom instead of letting God rule will always be futile and will always lead to destruction—either in this life or the life to come. If we think about all of the days we have left and all of the tough choices that need to be made, we can get anxious and distracted. We need to be focused on right now…not next year, but this year…not tomorrow, but today.
Many of you know I am a big fan of theology in movies, and I option analyze them and compare them to my experience of God. One of my favorite lines from “The Matrix”—a movie full of theology—comes near the end as Neo (the hero) starts to realize he is the One. As he struggles with his place in life and his purpose, his spiritual guide, Morpheus, tells him, “There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” I love that…so real, and so true.
As much as it pains us to admit it, we should not be in control of our lives. Humans have proven throughout history that we eventually mess things up when we are in charge. I somehow feel that when I am making decisions, I know the path I need to be on. But I don’t. I can’t, because I don’t have all the information to make the correct choice. Only God has the knowledge, so it is on God we rely.
Lindsey, Hannah, Joseph, and I moved to Valdosta to start Shoreline in June 2016. We were sent by the United Methodist Church, and they supported us financially since we arrived. They decided that we should not receive any further funding after June 2018. While new churches are usually self-sustaining after three to four year, we have to start much earlier.
Shoreline is in the midst of a fundraising campaign through YouCaring, in which we are asking everyone (and everyone you know) to give $50 to support our ministry. We are a new church—only 14 months old—and we are growing and God is changing lives. Our weekly average attendance is just below that of new churches after four years of ministry. We are doing well.
I readily admit that I do not know the path that God has before us. I do not know what we will look like in five years, but that is not important right now. We are walking the path, and God is leading us to His plans for us. I am glad you are with us, and, together, we will continue to stay faithful as God is faithful on this journey down the path.
Blessings to you,