I hope this message finds you all well and ready for a good laugh! As the pastor of our growing Presbyterian church, I often find myself thinking about the balancing act we all face in life. On one hand, we all want comfort, security, and peace. On the other hand, most of also want to grow in faith, walk with Jesus, and spread his love to others.
The problem is as I see it, It is impossible to pursue comfort and walk by faith at the same time. It's like trying to ride a bike and drive a car at the same time, or trying to drive North and South at the same time, it just doesn't work. they are incompatible goals
In Matthew 14:22-33, we see the story of Peter walking on water towards Jesus. At first, Peter was able to walk on water because he focused on Jesus. But when he started to focus on the wind and waves, he began to sink. The same is true for us. When we focus on our comfort and security, we'll sink in our faith. But when we focus on Jesus, we can walk on the water of life with confidence.
In Philippians 3:7-11, the apostle Paul says, "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith."
Paul was willing to give up all of his comfort and security for the sake of knowing Jesus and spreading his love to others. If we want to walk by faith, we need to be willing to do the same.
So, let's not just sit on our rocking chairs and enjoy our retirement. Let's get out there, take some risks, and walk by faith. It may not be comfortable, but it will be an adventure worth taking!