On the Journey

Pastor James

August 28, 2018

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have helped my family feel so much at home over the past few weeks. We are certainly grateful for your encouraging words, provision of food, acceptance, and even directions on how to get from point A to point B around town. We now look forward to visiting various discipleship groups and sharing life with you.


My wife, Shannon, and I had many serious times of conversation with the Lord in the process of deciding to move from Texas to Virginia. We desired clear indications of God’s will, and God provided those directions. Yet, there are times in all of our lives when it seems as though God’s will is unclear or perhaps even vague. Do you ever question God’s plans for your life and how to know for sure concerning your decisions? In those times when God’s direction does not seem as clear as other occasions, let me encourage you to ponder three questions. These questions may assist you in finding a better sense of clarity.


First, what is the effect of my decision on me? It’s often most helpful to have an internal conversation with yourself concerning a challenge or decision about God’s direction. If your decision would help you to become a stronger, more caring follower of Jesus, then you are headed in the right direction.


Second, what is the effect of my decision on others? We must take care of how we represent Jesus to other people. For instance, Paul talked at length in 1 Corinthians 8 about his refusal to eat meat sacrificed to idols. He did not have a problem with eating such meat, but he refused since it might have caused other believers to stumble.


Third, what is the effect of my decision on the cause of Christ? In other words, is God leading you to do something “outside the box” that will foster greater love and service to your neighbor? Even if God is calling you to do something difficult, God will encourage and equip you with the courage to accomplish what God has called you to do!