Monday, May 2, 2016

HILLTOP CHAPEL NEWSLETTER MAY 2016


HILLTOP  CHAPEL  NEWSLETTER

MAY  2016

“TAKING  THE  PLUNGE”



            Have you ever wondered what drives an Olympic athlete to compete at such a high level?  What pushes a cyclist to spend months in preparation for the Tour de France?  How can someone even consider attempting a climb of Mt. Everest?  These are just a few of the many questions that gallop through my mind from time to time, when I should be doing something more constructive.  As I was pondering these weighty philosophical conundrums, it occurred to me that physical pursuits are not the only ones requiring a deeper commitment and greater resolve.

            The Christian life, as God intends it, is a journey of breathtaking beauty and unparalleled adventure.  The way we perceive and live our lives, as Christians is, in many cases, quite different than God’s original intent.  Therein lies the great mystery and dilemma.  How does one live each day according to God’s will?  What are successful Christians doing that makes their “walk with the Lord” so meaningful and peaceful?

            Having lived on both sides of this issue at various times during my sojourn here on earth, I feel reasonably certain that I at least have a handle on the “what not to do” part of the equation.  I’m still working on the “what to do” aspect of things.  I am quietly confident, however, that by the time I die or Jesus returns I’ll have a pretty good idea of how that works also.  One thing I’m reasonably certain of is that God is looking for a consistent effort on our part.

            Consistency in prayer and Bible reading/study is essential to sustained growth and a healthy attitude.  Five minutes with the “Daily Bread” every morning is not sufficient for an intimate relationship with God and a better understanding of his desire for your life on any given day.  You must go deeper and study harder.

            Just like the Olympic swimmer who is in the pool at 5:30 AM each morning, doing lap after lap, after lap, until his arms feel like lead and his lungs are on fire, the dedicated believer must take a different approach to life than the nominal or carnal Christian.  Once you’ve established, deep within,

that personal commitment to Christ which knows no boundaries, you’re well on your way to fulfilling your “God appointed” purpose in life.

            King Solomon tells us,  “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  (Proverbs 16:25 NKJV).  The good news is that we don’t have to be led by our own understanding.  God knows exactly where He wants us to go and how to get us there.  The apostle Paul tells us, “And we know, that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are

the called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

             Clearly seeing God’s will for our lives is always a difficult proposition.  We are so used to doing things in a big hurry that it is easy to get confused concerning the true will of God.  Slowing down and waiting upon the Lord is more than many people feel compelled to do or are even willing to consider.  If we want God’s best for our lives, we must learn to seek Him out and listen to the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit within us.  Nothing pleases God more than one of his children coming to Him in humble submission and seeking His will for his or her life.

            The challenge is not so much becoming a Christian (although that can be a little scary at first),

the real testing takes place within the context of living the daily grind as a Christian.  Life throws a lot of curves our way.  Satan in not content to just let you go all that easily.  He wants to exact a “pound of

flesh” from you and make you sweat it out as much as possible.  The more he can keep you off guard the better able he is to keep other people from hearing about Jesus and accepting Him as their personal

Savior and Lord. 

            The risks we take as followers of Christ are small compared to the rewards we receive (blessings,

peace, joy and contentment).  Exposing oneself to momentary inconvenience, ridicule or derision pales in light of the eternal treasure God has prepared fro those who are faithful to the Great Commission.

Are you going into all your world” and preaching the Gospel?  There is no better time than right now!  Take the plunge!



                                                                                                Pastor Rod

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