October 2017: Hard work of discipleship – Pastor Durant

My grandfather used to say, “Hard work ain’t easy!”  It was usually a statement which accompanied me in the barn while I had a shovel or pitchfork in my hand.

As I think about Coastlands themes over the past few years, I am reminded how much we value the hard work of discipleship. Our banners in the sanctuary have read,  “I am a Work in Progress”, “Stepping Out and Diving Deeper” and now  “Congruence” all reflecting our desire for “Every Person Moving Forward in Christ”.  It is who we are and it is what we do.  We grow more into the image of Christ and we help others on their journey as they grow to look more like Jesus.  Is it difficult?  Yes, at times it is very tough.  But when the breakthrough comes by the power of the Spirit, we reap the benefits of the investment of time and energy.  Life begs us to take the short term view of life and live for the moment while the long term view of eternity calls us into a life of personal growth and change (and yes, pain!).  However, when we consider the benefits both in this world and the next, we are more apt to apply the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 12:1 where he says,  “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”.  We are pursuing His path for our life as we renew our minds by meditating on scripture and we walk in faith, believing that “He who began the good work in us will carry it on to completion…in full congruence I might add.  Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and let us run with patience the race He has before us and may we put in the hard work up front in order to prepare for eternity.

 

Growing more congruent with Him,

Pastor Durant