Sunday, November 29, 2009

It Is Time to Move: Something New is About to Happen

“For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth. A time to break down, and a time to build up.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3b, NET

In life there are ups and downs; summer and winter; childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and mature years; bear markets and bull markets. Like waves, we must find the crest and ride it to the end. Once on the beach, don’t just sit there, get up and swim out again. Prepare for the next wave and the next ride.

Jesus said, “I must go to my Father.” He knew his time was near. The crucifixion and the resurrection were the goal. The ascension would prepare for Pentecost, which was to be the launching pad of the world-wide spread of Christianity. The church started and grew in Jerusalem. The persecution spread it to Samaria and Antioch. Paul and Peter extended it to the known Mediterranean world. Each thrust and movement was a new cycle, a new wave, a new experience, the next step in the expansion of the Kingdom of God on earth.

As individuals, families and churches we live with the same experience of times and seasons. There is rest and work; stable moments and agitated moments; discipleship and evangelism. Now, we have the opportunity to move, to grow and to do new things that will take us to new heights and greater achievements.

Jesus is calling us, “Follow me.”

Our response must be, “Let’s go! We will follow wherever you lead.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I m doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18, 19 NIV

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