There is a cost to everything in life. When it comes to learning in the school of hard knocks there are only two ways to learn. From your pain or someone else’s pain. Which would you choose? We finish out our four week series Weeks of Warning under the theme Cost. Jesus tells us that life under his cross of suffering will have a very real cost to it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. The warning is that it won’t always be easy. The comfort is that we are never alone with him by our side.
Four weeks of warnings for Christians begins on this Sunday! The life of faith will be marked by difficulties. These warnings are given so that the believer will be prepared to meet these challenges with the confidence of the cross. This Sunday we will see that the Word of God doesn’t always unite—it also divides. The living and active Word of God does not bring peace between believers and unbelievers, but division. Where is the comfort? The final purpose is the salvation of believers.
Thorns are maybe what pricked you a couple days ago when trying to prep your roses for your girl. Thorns in life hurt. One of the questions that people often as is why? What is God thinking? We’ll consider the thorn in the Apostle Paul’s life this Sunday.
Familiarity breads contempt. I didn’t make that up – it is an observed rule. Why is it that we always long for the new and different? How sad that this view is in God’s church! Do we despise the faith that we have known from birth because… it’s old to us? May the Spirit guard our hearts from cobwebs of boredom and doubt.
Where will you go when the storms of life come crashing down on your head? That was the question that the disciples found themselves facing. The answer should have been obvious – Jesus! He is the one who can calm any of life’s storms. Are you worried? Are you in a storm? Come and find peace in the middle of your storm as we worship our God.