ON THE JOURNEY

JAMES HASSELL, CO-PASTOR

It’s hard to believe, but a new school year is right around the corner. In fact, my daughter is about to start middle school! Where does the time go? When my daughter was a baby, people told me that time would go by fast. Unfortunately, I discounted their observations. They were all exactly right. The Bible even speaks of the rapid passing of time. One of the Psalmists said, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow”
(Psalm 144:4, ESV).

 

What are some ways that we can embrace the time we are given before the shadow of our days passes for good? Jesus fortunately gives us some sage advice. Let’s take note of two of his specific teachings.

 

Love One Another (John 13:34-35) – Jesus spoke these words to encourage his disciples just prior to his crucifixion. He said that we ought to love one another just as he loves us. Yet, how do we love like that? One of my favorite preachers, Greg Boyd, says it like this: “The only opinion we should have about somebody else is that they were worth the death of Jesus Christ.”

Go…make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) – These words are formally known as “The Great Commission.” We wisely spend our days if we make disciples of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a “student,” or “apprentice.” How do you make a disciple? The best way is through emulation and embrace. Disciples are not made like cars on an assembly line. They are made through doing life together.

 

These days sure are passing quickly! But take heart: there are wise ways to spend our days living for Christ. Let’s commit at Journey to walking as Jesus walked.


-James Hassell