So I watched The Last Samurai for like the billionth time last night. You may know that the word samurai means, among other things, to serve. The movie portrays the discipline and dedication of the samurai way of life. Obviously, this is a movie and there are some dramatizations, but I found it to be inspiring. I have moments like this, watching a movie, reading something, talking with my wife or just thinking and BAM! it's like God gives me these little "Wow" moments. I realized how much I lack discipline and how much I don't continually view my life as a constant service to Jesus Christ. Rather than beating myself over the head or just talking about it, it's time to take some action! Do you do that? Do you just have these epiphanies and talk about how much things need to change and the next day everything is the same? Don't worry, you aren't alone, because it is a terrible habit of mine. Well today I am going to stop talking and start doing.
There are extremely important things happening around us. God wants us to stop focusing on ourselves and love the people He has put around us. He wants our undivided attention. He wants our devotion. Best of all, He knows that on account of our sinful nature (flesh as Paul like to put it), we are at a disadvantage to actually do those things, so He helps those who trust in Jesus Christ. He gives us His Holy Spirit and actually helps us to do those things that he wants from us. It sounds so easy, but there is still a struggle. We have to submit to Him daily and consider Him more important than our iPhones (I don't have one), our jobs (I do have one of these though) and whatever else keeps our attention.
I enter my second month preaching in Waynesburg. I continue to learn a great deal. I led my first communion service and I helped with a baptism. Beginning this week, we will start to plow through the book of Colossians. I love this book!
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.