Following Leads to Becoming…

Yesterday I shared a bit on how Jesus invites regular and ordinary people to follow him. Through that invitation he is actually inviting us to become like him. When you follow someone you become like them. And Jesus has invited each of us to follow him to become like him and invite others on the same journey.

I ended with challenging us to invite people to follow Jesus; and also to recognize, affirm, and encourage people when they are becoming like Jesus. I encouraged us to say to people – that we see Jesus in them and how they act.

And yesterday proved one thing to me so clearly: that Jesus is within PEMC and shapes you.

Yesterday the church welcomed me and my family officially. We’ve already been welcomed into the family, and made to feel apart of it by so many but yesterday was more of the official welcome Sunday. As part of that welcome Krista and I were not only so surprised but so overwhelmed by the support of the church. And I think for the first time in Krista’s life she was made speechless. People gave gift cards, notes of encouragement, food, homemade preserves, and there was even a cake.

So I simply want to say to PEMC:

  • I see Jesus in the way you are generous;
  • I see Jesus in the way you care;
  • I see Jesus in the way you welcome
  • I see Jesus in how you are open and vulnerable;

In short, I see Jesus in you…

Where I Saw Jesus This Week…

Each week I’m going to be sharing at least one encounter, experience, or conversation that reminded me of Jesus. His presence and Kingdom is near to us all the time, so I want to simply share where I saw it. The practice of looking for Jesus’ presence in your week is valuable because sometimes you realize how he was a part of your week and you might not have noticed it.

Here is where I saw Jesus this week: in being served coffee.

I’ve been sharing with my friends and family what an amazing place Plattsville is. And I keep on sharing one story that for me is signficant and meaningful and as I’ve reflected on it I’ve realized it’s because I saw Jesus in this small, simple, but also gracious action.

My dad and I had a little ritual on Sunday’s and during work each day; I would bring him coffee. I did this because he couldn’t get to it easily himself, and often because he was interacting with people he wouldn’t be able to get to it. I always saw as a simple little way to help.

And this Sunday after the service I was talking with people, trying to connect, and listen and then I was brought a coffee. Sure it was a small act but as Mother Theresa says, “Do small things with great love” and that’s what happened. Someone special saw a way to show care, to support me, and to give. And because of that I saw Jesus in through being served coffee this week…

So thank you for caring…

Following Where Jesus Leads

This Sunday I shared about how Jesus calls us to follow him. It’s a gift to be able to follow Jesus. But as I was reflecting on following Jesus, I realized that the next obvious question is where is following Jesus taking us?

Or to put it another way – Where is Jesus leading us?

Now that’s a question that I really believe deserves some attention and time. Where is Jesus leading you in your personal life? Where is he leading you in the community…in your family…in your job?

If we are truly devoted to following Jesus then the next step is to find out where he is actually leading us.

This will be the topic of my next sermon – where Jesus is leading each and everyone of us.

And I’m excited to explore this topic because wherever Jesus leads is worth it. And I want to be where he is leading. The question is what about you?