Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Look. Ask. Walk.

Through a God-ordained series of events in 2010, God started a new [local] church in a small Minnesota town called Cokato.  This new Christian fellowship was made up of people who had come to a significant choice point.  Something had occurred in their lives that led them to form a new Christian community.

There is much to be said about this, and not everything that could be said is something that everyone reading this would agree with, but one thing is abundantly clear: The men and women who were involved directly in the formation of this new church, together with those who came along had done what it says in Jeremiah 6:16 -- they did not just go one with life as usual.

These men and women noticed what was going on around them.  They noticed they had come to a crossroads, a place where there was a choice to be made.  They asked God which way to go.  And then they stepped out in a way that was different. 

These men and women did not allow themselves to be ruled simply by habit.  They came to a crossroads and didn't ignore it.  They looked, they asked for the eternal good way, and then they walked in it.  Each one made a step of faith.

Jeremiah 6:16, the verse that became the theme for this new church says this:
Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.
As we move into the future it will be important to continue to look and ask and walk in the way God shows us.  Let us pray that we would never just fall back into routine or blind habits, but that we would keep our spiritual eyes and ears tuned to what is real and true, that we would ask you, Father God, what is best instead of being guided by our own perceptions, and that we would step out and live and walk in faith each day, one day after another, in faith and in trust.

Coming to Crossroads may not seem like a way to find rest, since we are constantly looking and asking and walking, but the promise is that as we do this we will find rest for the deepest part of who God made us to be.


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