Dear Church Family,
He is risen!
Colossians 3:1-4 says, “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”
In essence, we have the peace that comes from knowing our Father says, “Do your best, that is all I ask.”
This phrase has been spoken to me thousands of times, by parents, coaches, teammates, teachers, and others. I have even said it a few times myself. “Do your best” is an encouragement to focus more on effort than results, and perhaps to even suggest that if I don’t worry so much about the end of the game, I will play better.
This strategy can help me to try something even when I am uncertain of success, to trust that there are possibilities that are bigger and beyond what I currently see. Our job is to let “the days own troubles be sufficient for the day” and dare to trust that God will make my best better.
However, and is often the case, there are limitations to strategies and wisdom in a dialogue, not a monologue. “Do your best” has its value, but in truth we cannot do our best at everything all the time. Energy invested in one area means that I cannot invest that energy in another.
The invitation to do my best is only wisdom when I understand what is worthy of my best and, by extension, what is not.
When our actions do not show a centeredness on Christ, then Easter is at best a spring festival that we can enjoy for a day, but get over soon after.
In contrast, when a person is a believer in God’s Kingdom, that Jesus has defeated death, and that love is the highest priority, the definition of what is worthy of our best becomes clear!
I feel honored to be called by our Lord to serve with you in such a time as this.
Let us live with anticipation that God is making all things new, through and for Himself, and that He covers the gap between our best and His perfection.
Peace in this season,