After some mid-January spring-like weather, winter has returned with snow in the forecast for the next several days. The alarm was set for early this morning to head into work to finish the cleaning for the day and take care of any potential snowfall. While there had been some light snow flurries overnight, the snow did not accumulate so my morning work was all inside. As I cleaned the building to get ready for Sunday services, I prayed for each aspect of the morning gatherings and for those who would respond to God’s call to gather together.
After the building was cleaned and the trash taken out, it was time for the morning Bible School class where we are studying the book of Colossians. While not a lengthy letter, Paul packs a lot of content into it as he expresses his thankfulness for them and warns them of attitudes and practices that would get in the way of living a life of faithfulness to God. As the foundation for all of their belief and action, Paul weaves throughout the letter many clear reminders of both the supremacy and deity of Jesus. If our desire is to fully follow Christ, it is imperative that we know Him as our complete authority — and as God.
After the Bible class, I stopped by my office and a deer was standing at the window. I had not brought a camera with me, so I pulled out my cell phone and shot a quick photo before he decided to move on. It wasn’t long before two more walked past my office but they didn’t stay around long as it appeared they noticed the activity in the other rooms along that side of the building.
After the Bible study hour, we had a great worship gathering as we sang praises to God, shared in communion, and received a message from God’s Word. CJ Powell brought the message this morning from Luke 5 as we looked at the call of the first disciples to become “fishers of men”. While it appears that Simon, James, and John were fishermen by trade, I always find it fascinating that they never seem to have much luck catching fish until Jesus shows up and gives them instructions on how and where to fish. So, I’m not sure if those Galilean fishermen would have been considered average or advanced, but either way Jesus made them able to not only catch fish, but to catch people for His kingdom. I suppose that when it comes to making disciples, most of us would consider ourselves average at best but a few may think of themselves as advanced. The good news is that God can, and desires to, make us able to be “fishers of men”. While disciple-making does require our involvement, the transformation of those being discipled is the work of God’s Spirit through us and in them. Average or advanced, we are able because we have a God who is able.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Anger is contagious but prayer has a way of dissolving the anger of others that has crept into your life.
- Peace can have a contagious element to it as well, but it seems it takes more effort on our part as a peacemaker before it spreads to others.
- The encouragement and warnings that Paul wrote to the Colossians were not just for them — they are for us as well.
- Instead of “yelling” at each other about our political and social positions, God wants us to pray for and love one another.
- Our view of how average or advanced we are doesn’t make that much difference when we look to God to make us able to do what He has called us to do.