When we expanded our small groups a while back, a new group was offered, wood carving. This was something that I had always wanted to do but never could get started on my own. With the help of our leader and the others in this group, I was able to learn the basics and carve on my own. With each new carving I was learning something new, and my carvings were taking on more complex shapes and more detail. Then, along came this virus which caused our groups to stop meeting for a while. Sadly, without my group to carve with each week, I have not done any more carving.
I share this with you because it is related to the first of our core values – Faith Development. Faith development does not happen on its own. First, we need instruction and leadership. Then we need to practice. But as we practice, we need to continue to seek new understanding, so that we can add to our practice. When we stop our practice, our faith starts to fade away. All too often it is at this point that we think that God has pulled away from us, but the opposite is true; it is we who have pulled back.
Our scripture this week is the last part of Matthew’s gospel, Matthew 28:16-20. The key word in this passage is GO. Jesus tells us to GO and makes disciples. To make disciples we must first become disciples. This process is never ending. We become disciples by following Christ and learning from his teaching and our experience with Him. Then we become the teacher and new disciples are made, and they in turn repeat the process.
How is your faith development? Are you growing? Are you learning new things? Are you sharing your faith with others?
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Dawn explores this part of our core values in more detail on our Journey with God.
Lord of all, continue to teach us so that we have eyes to see. Disturb our comfort so that we will GO. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!