Jogging With Jesus

By Pastor Mark McAdow
On Wednesday morning I jogged into the gym at Emmanuel Christian School for chapel.  I was the designated speaker of the day, dressed appropriately in my running clothes. (I didn’t know it was “Picture Day,” so I obviously stood out!).  Our own Kallie Turnbow, who is a teacher there, gathered our Willow View kids for a quick picture with Pastor Mark.  They all looked great.

I asked the large group of students in the gym if they were ready to go for a jog.  I then asked them to stand on their feet as we jogged in place.  We jogged with our eyes closed and also looking back over our shoulders.  I reminded them the Bible has a lot to say about running!  I read these words from Philippians 3:12-14: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

We reviewed our short jog and noted three truths:
(1)  It’s better to run with your eyes open.
(2) It’s wiser not to look back over your shoulder as you're running so you won’t trip up.
(3)  Running on course provides the only real opportunity to win the race.
Pretty good advice for us all.  We noted Jesus will run beside us to help us and He will also meet us at the finish line!  How can He do that?  He’s Jesus!  We all need to keep our eyes on Jesus –the author and perfecter of our faith!

This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion together remembering Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for each one of us.  “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8.  We will also prayerfully present our stewardship commitment cards on the altar as an act of worship and sacrifice.  It will be an opportunity to demonstrate our faith and commitment to Christ.

The Lord is doing great things for and with us as the Willow View Church family!  Remember the great promise of Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”

Looking forward to being with you this Sunday in worship!  There may be a surprise, too!

Yours in Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mark

PS – Jogging with Jesus is much better than a jogging with a turkey – trust me!

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