Sermon April 25, 2021

Sermon April 25, 2021

Faith is a Fork in the Road

To the exiles ... who have been chosen and destined by God the Father
and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ
and to be sprinkled with his blood:

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.

from 1 Peter 1:1-2

Life is full of forks in the road, the choice to go one way or another. Some may not make much of a difference in life and eternity, and others will.

Jesus is a fork in the road that affects everything – a beginning in a new direction. To be a Christian is not a one-time event, but life itself. To be a Christian opens amazing opportunities, but it results in a different path than we were on previously. Jesus said, “If we want to be his followers, we must deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily to follow him.”  Faith in Jesus is far more than knowing about Jesus, it is having enough faith in him to dare to live what he taught and how he lived.

This might seem like a difficult task – and it is – we can’t do it on our own, but Jesus meets us at the cross and takes our burden from us. He invites us to join in the power of his resurrection to experience our own. As Scripture says, the Holy Spirit works within us to will and to work God’s good pleasure.

At this very moment each of us have opportunities, forks in the road, to choose to follow Jesus - forgiving someone, humbly serving, giving, making time for scripture and prayer in our busy lives. They might not seem to have eternal worth, but they do. Each time we choose the path of Jesus, it opens the path further on the journey of faith, living into the fulness of who we are created to be, experiencing God’s love, presence, and power in our own lives, and bearing that light of Christ into the world.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-9

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