June 2019

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good!

“Taste and see how good the Lord is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!” (Psalm 34:8, CEB)

I want to begin this article by taking a personal moment. It is a real joy for me to have two children that are now graduated from college. I am thankful not only for the fact that they have degrees, but also that they are two beautiful, intelligent women, who have grown academically and developed a deeper faith in Christ. I am proud of them, because they didn’t do the minimum required, but developed the gifts God gave them and saw it through till the end.

In thinking about this, I cannot help but reflect upon my experience as a father. And what I’ve discovered is that being a parent is on one hand, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it is also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

I think this is also true of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We live in a world today that is very self-centered. The values of Christianity and the values of the world often stand in opposition to one another. Being a disciple requires sacrifice, trusting in God’s grace, and putting others first. It is clearly, as Christ put it, “a road less traveled”

However, this road less traveled leads us to a greater place. And that place is the joy that God brings to us as we serve. It is the joy of teaching others and seeing a “light bulb” go off over their head. It is loving others and seeing them love you back by their own initiative. It is showing others a better way and seeing them be successful.

Being a disciple is hard, but God invites us to, “taste and see”, that is, to see what can happen when we are obedient to God’s will. For it is a joy that lives in our heart. It is redemptive, filled with purpose, and teaches us the way life was meant to be.

I want to invite you to choose the road less traveled, to know the joy of Lord, and to see what things God may bring to your life.

In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger