Sticking Together with Jesus
Philippians 3:17-21 MSG
"Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him."
I am not a gum chewer. I can't blow bubbles no matter how much I have tried and I have never enjoyed playing with my gum. Crazy, I know. However, many of my friends were active gum chewers then and now. It seems like every now and then one of my gum-chewing friends had a gum accident. They either had a particularly large bubble pop or fell asleep with gum in their mouths and discovered they were stuck. Gum chewers know the rules: Don't fall asleep with gum in your mouth. Don't blow too big of a bubble and don't leave it on the sidewalk where you may get stuck.
Christ's Church also has its own rules too. Stick together and keep track of those on the journey with you. Keep your eye on the goal, that is to follow Christ's lead. We get off track when we want it our way or aren't waiting for others to come along too. It's easy to forget where our allegiance lie. We are not citizens of this world but of high heaven. We are waiting for our Savior, Jesus Christ to return and with his return we look forward to all of the best blessings and those new spiritual bodies that are promised us with eternal life.
Sticking with Jesus can be a dangerous act as my Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan know. However, when we gather with our fellow Christian brothers and sisters we remember that we are not alone in this but have the support of God and of our fellow Christians journeying with us. This is a larger greater plan than any of us know, which we experience in the love and hope we find in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Redeeming God, we thank you for sticking with us. Help us to remember how far you have gone for the redeeming of your people and the saving of the world. Help us to remember this, as we love and support each other through our journey by the side of Jesus Christ. May we reach out in love and hope to each other and this hurting and broken world. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.