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The Journey

In the December Northside News, I mentioned how “Just like Christ, each of us needs to come along side each other at their level and journey with them. We so often want to wait until we achieve a great goal or until someone catches up to us.” So what is this journey and what exactly does it look like? We all are on a journey in our relationship with God – if we were to each graph our Christ-like quotient with ‘0’ being our initial commitment with Him, and ‘100’ being where we are perfect just like Christ, where would you place yourself on your journey? Have you grown this year? Is your baptism not only the greatest decision in your walk but also your greatest day? If you feel it’s your best day, then have you truly grown? What I mean by this is today I am much closer to Him than I was yesterday, last week, last year or when I was sixteen. I have grown. Now the growth has not always been easy, but I am a lot closer to Him today than last year, so today is truly a better day than the day I committed and was baptized. There is still a huge gap though between where I am and true Christ-likeness.

So after evaluating where we are really at on our journey, we must also understand that many people around us are ahead of us as well as behind us. So often we find our place on the graph and see someone else that is younger or just starting out their relationship. We are so excited for them and give them a smile and encouragement and motion them to join us where we are. Now can we impose our growth expectations on someone is starting their journey? –  remember that your journey has not always been easy. Just like Christ, leave your comfort and go to them, not to lose who you have become but to love them through some of the pain that you have already triumphed over because of Christ. Being willing to journey with someone and be there on behalf of Christ is truly what we need to do. Christ has always gone to the level of his beloved, and we are His hands and feet to do this. Now the greatest understanding is that there may be some hard sacrifices that will happen on your part. But also understand that the journey is very fluid –  as you reach down and walk along side someone, someone else is reaching down and walking alongside you. This is the point in our journey where true discipleship and mentorship happens. The journey has many different looks but has the same result.

This journey will start the process for each of us to “Live it out LOUD!” In 2 Corinthian 6:11-13 (MSG) Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!” So often we feel confined and limited, but I want you to know that live it large, break free from the fear that keeps you fenced in. Now act like ya’ll are from Texas, “everything’s big in Texas.” Do not be afraid for today you are challenged to live for God and “LIVE IT OUT LOUD!”

Check out next Friday’s thoughts. –Loving…..

Mark Williams—Minister of Involvement Northside Christian Church

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December 4, 2009 - Posted by | Mark |

1 Comment »

  1. Good words, Mark. Keep them coming!

    Comment by Amy Palitto | December 4, 2009 | Reply


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