Michigan Valley UMC
Five Rivers District
Today's Lectionary Text
1 John 5: 1-5
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
This year has not gone the way I had hoped or expected. It has been an unpredictable ride for many reasons. I have never watched, or followed, the media more than I have this year. To be honest, it has led to more worry and concern, but mainly a lot questions. I have asked plenty of questions. I have asked my family, friends, and coworkers a lot of questions. I think I am asking questions striving to gain wisdom, but really, I am giving myself decision fatigue. Asking a lot of questions from a lot of different people means I get a lot of opinions; sometimes leaving me with more questions than answers.
My questions tend to be futuristic and how my faith correlates to the present times. Unfortunately, I have not gotten a lot of answers to my questions. I am searching for something predictable and factual because everything has been so unpredictable. As this year is coming to an end, I am realizing that I have been relying more on an unpredictable worldly place for answers and less on God.
I need to be asking God my questions. The world tries to separate us from God. Although we are not of this world, we can only continue overcoming through our belief that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. As Christians, we believe in God! It’s easy to proclaim Jesus is Lord, but it can be tough being a Christian in this world. We achieve victory through our faith.
Today’s scripture reminds me that I already have victory. We are children born of God! Although we are born in this world, we don’t belong to it. We belong to God! John 15:19 reiterates that we are not of this world, but in this world. God’s creation is so much more than the world. It encompasses everything in heaven and on earth.
Romans 12:2 reminds me, “don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” So I’ll take my questions to God in discernment.
So here are some questions I will start asking God. Are my actions and reactions worldly or heavenly? Am I functioning individually or as a part belonging to the source? How am I alive in transformation through the Holy Spirit? God, through discernment with the wisdom you have given me, help me to make the right decision in these times.
Coordinator of Lay Leadership
Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus has already overcome the world and that by faith in Him, I too am an overcomer. Thank you that I have been born of the Spirit and have been clothed in His righteousness and thank you that I am accepted in Christ. May I submit my life to you entirely and live each day in spirit and truth, to your praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus name. AMEN.
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