August 28, 2018
This week, Pastor Dylan preached the conclusion of our sermon series titled, “You’re blessed.” He reminded us God blesses those who work for peace, in addition to those who are persecuted by living for Him daily.
Do you remember the last time you’ve stood up for a friend? Maybe someone made a mean comment about them behind their back, and you felt the need to defend them. I’ve always been very protective of my friends and family; it does not take much for me to defend the people I care about the most. Lately I have had to wonder if I do the same thing when it comes to defending our God. Am I as quick to defend my faith in the Lord as I am to defend other people?
It’s easy to get corrupted by the ways of the world since we are constantly surrounded by it. It takes time and dedication to dig into God’s presence. A lot of times we allow ourselves to become so spiritually weak we don’t even have the energy to dedicate time to the Lord. For me, it is easy to become comfortable when I experience a strong spiritual high- the Lord has spoken to me very clearly on a situation. I feel strong in my faith and feel like I don’t need to push as hard. This is the very mindset that’s been wounding me the most in my spiritual battle. The devil tricks me into thinking I am as strong as I will ever need to be. Then, when I realize I am failing, I lose confidence on who I am and why I was put on this earth.
Nothing of this world lasts forever. Friendships, relationships, money or careers, you name it, it will all end someday. The craziest part about that is, we don’t even know when the end will be for us. In the end, all that will matter is who we loved and how far we were willing to go to show that person how much we loved and cared for them. Will we have lived a life following God’s calling and will our friends follow our steps to the kingdom? Or, will they follow us for a temporary acceptance of our earthly friendship?
What I came to realize from this sermon the most, is no one is promised forever on this earth. I have the opportunity each and every day to reach people in hopes they will know God and His eternal promises for them. We all have everything to gain, and absolutely nothing to lose, by being truthful with our faith in the Father. If I can reach just one person in my entire lifetime by simply standing up for my faith, I’m going to do it. I hope you feel the same. Love is not shown by staying quiet to save someone’s feelings for a day. Love is shown by doing as much as you can to show them the light before it’s too late.
“So be it!” Let’s choose to live for the Kingdom rather than the world.
Dylan Robinson - August 26, 2018
So Be It
From Series: "All Messages"
Hannah is a Senior at Marshfield High School and is currently a member of the worship team at The Well. She loves music and writing, and when she’s not at church, you can find her watching The Office!