BY REV. DAVID SIMONSON - IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer. For many, that includes a lot of changes in our schedule.
People don’t make it to worship at church, as much in the summer. Life places us – by our choice – too far to make it to worship in our church. How do we keep the 3rd commandment that says “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy?” How do we stay connected? It always comes down to God’s Word.
In my desk are some cards that have my special Bible verses on them. I share with you three of my favorites to keep my focus on God:
First, John 14:6 (NIV) – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” This verse is special to me because it tells us that Jesus did everything for our salvation. We cannot add anything to what he has done. This verse says tons about who God is. John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:21, Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 5:8 and John 15:13 are great too.
Next, Matthew 6:33 (NIV) – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” By God’s Holy Spirit we live and move. When we seek God for everything and in everything, we have nothing to worry about. When we are one with God and right with God, other things fall into place. Some related verses are Romans 8:31, James 2:17, 2 Cor. 5:17, and Romans 6:23.
Finally, Romans 8:28 (NIV) – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is my favorite verse for a Christian. It does not work well for an unbeliever. We experience many bad and good, everything in between, experiences. God will bring about “good things.” By God’s guidance we will grow and learn in life His lessons. The other verse on this topic that I love is 1 Cor. 10:13.
We are tempted every day to think: “it’s about me!” However, I believe it is all about God! These verses tell me that I my priorities are wacky. God gives life and power and perspective. He points us in the right direction through His Word. To Him, our Father, to the Son and the Spirit that creates our faith.