Good morning Festival One family. Another week or two of uncertainty. Or maybe another week or two of just plain hardship. Grinding on. And on.
What do we as followers of Jesus do? How do we respond? How do we act? How do we carry on? As followers of Jesus we have a some incredibly powerful examples that are in our sacred text, the Bible. Jesus got on with life for 30 plus years, being a carpenters assistant, and then a carpenter, until it was time for him to begin his more public work. The early church learnt to be patient - even though at times they were being terribly persecuted - as they waited for Jesus to return. And we still wait for Jesus’ return! Every time we take communion we do it “in memory of me, until I come”, looking back and looking forwards.
Today’s verse of the day says much the same, Paul writing to the early church at Philippi, and recorded in the Letter to the Philippians.
“What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.”
Philippians 2:12-13 MSG
I don’t know about you but I find this long period of uncertainty tiring, distracting, and exciting all at once. I could easily just give up on one hand and do nothing. And sometimes I find myself doing just that. I could also really easily allow myself to be distracted to almost anything apart from what would be most helpful to be doing! And again I find myself doing that too. This uncertainty has also created a whole host of opportunities (and problems) that did not exist before - so many that is almost mind numbing and far easier to default to doing nothing or getting easily distracted!
As the Apostle Paul writes to the Philippians, as followers of Jesus we are long haul players. We are not in this for five minutes. We are followers of Jesus for however long it takes. Eternity in fact!
I take great encouragement from the second part of the text above. That we can tap into God’s energy. That He has things He wants to do, with us and through us, and He will help us. That when we are headed in that direction we can tap into His energy and get His work done.
Hey, just a few thoughts from me to you as we all try and navigate what lies in front of us. Let’s crack on and do His work, for His glory in His strength. Being a mum. A Dad. A worker. A helper. A friend.
p.s. We found this song of Bono's quite fitting. Click the button below.