Words from our Pastor

October 2017


Max Lucado talks about a golf game he once played. (Let me paraphrase a little)

The game was tied with four holes to go. As we stood on the tee box, I spotted the next green. “Sure seems like a long way off,” I said. No one spoke. “Sure is a narrow fairway,” I said as I teed up my ball. Again, no response. "How do they expect us to hit over those trees?” Still no answer.

The silence didn’t disturb me. I knew they were trying to psyche me out by refusing to speak. So I stepped up to the ball, and took a swing. There is no other way to describe what happened next – I hit a great drive. A high arching fade over a crop of trees. I could hear the other guys groan. I assumed they were jealous. After watching their drives, I knew they were. None of them even made it close to the trees.

My second shot was just as impressive. You would have thought my golf ball was radar controlled. My buddies were so far away from the green. I was starting to get a little miffed that none of them had offered me any congratulations on my shots. No one was complimenting my drive. No one talked about how difficult the hole was. Everyone else was hitting right and I was the only one the left!

I only figured it out when I went to putt for my birdie. I had just played the wrong hole!

Golf is hard enough as it is. It is even tougher when you are headed the wrong way. Life is like that too. It is even tougher if we are headed in the wrong direction.

One of the incredible abilities of Jesus was to stay on target. He never got off track, and he kept his life on course. There were probably many targets he could have pursued – A political revolutionary. A national leader. A simple but influential teacher. But in the end he chose to a Savior and save our souls.

“The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them” (Luke 19:10).

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, he came to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many people” (Mark 10:45).

The heart of Christ was relentlessly focused on one task – the cross of Calvary. He was actually so focused that his very last words were – “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Would you love to be able to say the same? Would you love to look back on your life and know that you had done exactly what you were called to do? Our lives can be so scattered. We can live with no strategy, no goals, no priorities. We can be erratic. We can be hesitant. We can be easily distracted.

God wants us all to be just like Jesus and have focused hearts. He wants us to know his plan and see where we fit into it. He wants us to submit our hearts and our longing to his good purposes. He wants us all to use our abilities and strengths for his work, and he wants us to serve him right now, exactly where we are. It is my hope to focus us a little bit on these things in the coming months.

In Christ –

Pastor John