from the pastor

Reverend Katie Zettle

Year after year we seek better lives, more fulfilling careers, more interesting friends, more exciting vacations, more beautiful homes, more, more MORE! I know, because there was time in my own life when more made me feel accomplished and proud of all that was happening in my life. Each time I would gain a new job, a new friend, or a new home I continued to feel like I was missing something. When I did this over and over again I felt exhausted, weighed down by what I did not have. It was still not enough.

How about you? Ever felt like you are on some hamster wheel running faster and faster but getting nowhere? I hear about it a lot. People seek things in their life to be different than they are right now. But when we get that, we seek something new. It’s part of the problem we have in Christianity, there’s nothing new in Jesus. Jesus is! You see the God of the universe hasn’t changed since creation and Jesus was there as well as the Spirit hovering over the water. There is nothing new. Just the same old Christmas story about a pregnant teenage girl, a good guy that sticks with her and a God that seeks to be a part of His story here on earth.

There’s nothing new and exciting in the sin of humanity, the apathy of Christians, the cultural shift to Santa, shopping and cookies. No video games or tech toy or flashy sweater. Yet God still desires to be in a personal relationship with each of us.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

(Matthew 6:33 NLT)

Maybe it’s time we think differently. Maybe we start to focus on seeking the Kingdom of God: personal holy living through prayer, scripture reading, worship, and serving, so that we understand more clearly that the stuff will never fill our void. That we can’t change other people but we can certainly change how we react to them. And that everything we need is found in Christ Jesus. Our worship of Christ, our seeking to live like Christ, our sharing of Christ is desperately needed in midst of a world shouting, “MORE! MORE!”

I am not sure what might need to be changed in your life so that you become passionate about seeking God and being a part of building the Kingdom right now, here on earth, as it is in heaven. Maybe it is a gift we give not only to Christ in celebration of Jesus’s birth, but a gift we give ourselves. Enjoy the cookies, the parties, and gifts, but don’t forget to share the Spirit of Christ this Christmas…

Peace, Hope, joy and love be yours

Rev. Katie Zettle