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From the Pulpit: Are we there yet?

September 15, 2013
By TOM DERBY - Colliers Way Church of Christ , Weirton Daily Times

Not long ago I went to Sevierville, Tenn., to attend a lectureship. After about six hours alone in the car, I remembered the days when my wife and I made this trip with our children. Once we were underway one of them would ask, "Are we there yet?" Being asked that question just once may not have been too bad, but multiply that times three kids and nine hours of driving and it can have an ill effect on you.

So many times we don't enjoy the journey. We are too busy getting from point A to point B we never see what is in between. How many parents sent their child/children to school for the first time asking "Where has the time gone? What happened to my baby?" So often life seems to pass us by, we miss the journey and only think about end results. How many of us suddenly have realized "Oh, my, I got to buy something for my child's graduation or we need to take the kids to college, now it's time for retirement?" And the list keeps growing.

How often is this reflected in our spirituatl life? While walking this journey do we keep asking "Are we there yet?" Then we ask, "is my life the way God wants it to be? Am I at the level of faith I must have? Am I doing enough every day?" Instead simply enjoy a quiet stroll in life holding the hand of the one who loves us. Don't look at life in the Lord as one of making deadlines and filling quotas. Our Lord never intended for us to make a list of things we think he wants us to do and then check them off every night before we go to bed. Jesus simply said it all in Jn.14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command."

Follow what the scriptures say, showing your love for the Lord, and enjoy "walking hand in hand with Jesus." The day is coming when it will be time to reflect on our lives, to review how beautiful it has been to "walk in the steps of the Saviour."

Think about the aged Apostle Paul's words to the young preacher Timothy in II Tim. 4:6-8, "I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now, there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day - and not to me only but also to all who have longed for his appearance."

So, "are we there yet?" No, but we are on our way. My prayer is for everyone who reads this article is to one day know "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be."

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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