Because June is such an explosive month for growth --trees coming into full foliage, flowers blooming all around, grass growing as fast as we can mow it-- I invite you to consider the growth of your spiritual life.
Which is it that grows your spirit?
Knowing about Jesus or knowing Jesus; talking about reading the Bible and praying or reading the Bible and praying; intending to get up and follow Jesus or getting up and actually following Jesus?
Dear members and friends of Our Savior,
Is your relationship with Jesus based more on information or transformation? Is it based more on what you should do or on what He has done?
Are you simply busy serving God or are you taking time to be still so that God can serve you?
In Matthew 9:9 we watch and listen as Jesus comes up to the tax collector named Matthew and turns his life upside down with two little words.
“As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow Me.’
He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him.”
By the grace given when Jesus said ‘Follow Me.’ a transformation occurred in the heart of this tax collector. Thant’s when Matthew went from being outside the family of God to belonging to the family of God. It was by grace through faith in the Words of Jesus.
However, imagine for a moment what would have happened had Matthew been touched by God’s grace, received the invitation to follow, but stayed seated at the tax collector’s booth?
The adventure with God which we call ‘spiritual growth’ does not happen as we stay seated, safely in our booths. The adventure begins when we “Get Up”. It is not safe. It is not predictable, but it is exciting… and it is the best way to see God.
Are you ready to grow?
Jesus has already called your name. He died on the cross and rose again for the forgiveness of your sins.
You have been invited into the family and market with the Family Name at your Baptism, and you dine at the Family Table as often as you eat and drink the Lord’s Supper. You are alive in Christ!
Now, get up. Follow.
Don’t just know about Jesus, know Jesus. Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Don’t just go through the ritual of prayer, pray. Don’t just intend to step out for Jesus, do it.
Your name has been called… It’s time to grow in grace.
Pastor Randy Schultz
Guidelines for Meditating on The Word
Choose an appropriate time and place to meditate in which there will be complete quiet
Pray to the Holy Spirit that He would enable you to understand what you read from the Bible
Read through the given passage of Scripture 3 times in one setting
Spend at least 10 minutes pondering what you read
Answer the following questions about the passage:
Write down your thoughts so that you do not forget them and can ponder them at a later time
Pray to God about the content of the passage
Each day of the week, meditate on a phrase or sentence from the given passage.
If possible memorize it.
- What do I learn about Jesus?
- What does God want me to believe or do?
Readings for July Jun 29-Jul 5, Matt 10:34-42 or 11:25-30
Jul 6-12, Matt 13:1-9; 18-23
Jul 13-19, Matt 16:13-19
Jul 20-26, Matt 13:24-30; 36-43
Jul 27-Aug 2, Matt 13:44-52
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2)
These words recorded by St. Paul summarize and empower the theme of our spiritual growth and faith renewal effort now known as Connect to Christ: experience MORE.
At our Leadership Retreat, each director prayerfully shared his/her goal(s) for this campaign. Two themes were repeated and amplified around the table: “more” of the good things (i.e. God things) going on at Our Savior Lutheran; and “unity” of people and purpose.
Truly, we are blessed by knowing Christ and being united (connected) to Him. St. Paul names some of these blessings in the Scripture above: encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion. Connected to
Christ, we experience these blessings and MORE. Look around our website and check out what MORE Christ has to give.
Spiritual renewal is the work of the Holy Spirit who connects us to Christ and thereby restores the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
Because we are “united with Christ,” we also have a connection to each other in Christ. St. Paul records that as we are “like-minded” in
Christ and as we show the “same love” as Christ, and we function as “one spirit and purpose,” then our joy is made complete.
May the Holy Spirit restore and complete our joy as we worship, serve, and grow together at Our Savior Lutheran. Let’s Connect to Christ: Experience MORE!