from the pastor

Reverend Katie Zettle

Read Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 (NLT)

Walking with Christ is hard. Really, really hard. This rich young man in the Parable found in Marl’s Gospel, wants to be a follower, has kept all the commandments and wants to know what he is missing in order to follow Jesus. There is always that ONE MORE THING isn’t there? The one more thing is different for each of us and Jesus is always challenging his followers.

Living a generous Christian life involves our prayers, presence, gifts, service and our witness for Jesus. Giving glory to God in our everyday life may cause us to ‘walk away’ from Christ when we choose to hold tightly to the things of this world or when we don’t want to be inconvenienced or pained. Can we imagine our home, our retirement account, our cell phone as things we could sell in order to follow more closely? Can we turn over our calendar and our busy schedules that keep us from times of prayer, scripture, meditation, worship, or service?

We all walk away from Jesus, holding tight to that which we can’t live without. But in losing some of those things: my mom, my home, our businesses, possessions, and financial security in a three month time, taught me about trusting God deeply so that I may be a better follower. We hold onto people as if they are ours forever when in truth, the people will return home to that wonderful place Jesus is preparing for each us. Our things that we can’t live without will be obsolete in a few years, or broken, misplaced or donated. Years later, Christ continues to challenge me when I am uneasy over the possibility of loss, change or misfortune!

Prayer: Teacher, where is it you see me loving the world? Call me out, ask me the tough questions today and then encourage and strengthen me as I move closer to you. I know of your genuine love for me and I want to follow wherever you call. Amen.

Where is God challenging us today, in order to live more generously and connected, to God and to one another?

Rev. Katie Zettle