I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” (Jesus’ final words to Peter, recorded in John 21:18)
Who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow.
As a young follower of Jesus, Peter’s heart was filled with intense desire and great ambition, but his strength of character had not yet caught up with his passionate pursuit.
And that is how so many of us feel on our faith journey. It seems our greatest enemy is ourselves as we push past who we were and who we are to find the man or woman we are destined to become.
These continual transitions in life are seen throughout the pages of the Bible as wilderness experiences. They are the moments in history where the people of God have left their place of familiarity and comfort, but have not yet arrived at their place of promise. They are on the way. They are in process. They are becoming.
- Abraham crosses the wilderness to go to a land God promises to show him.
- The Children of Israel cross the wilderness to enter the land of promise.
- David gathers an army in the wilderness as he waits to become king.
- Jesus prays, hungry and thirsty, as he wrestles in the wilderness with His calling as the Messiah.
And you make your way through the wilderness each time you leave who you were to pursue who God has called you to be. Holding tight to a fragile promise and nurturing a tender faith, you press on to lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has laid hold of for you.
As we discovered yesterday, who Peter was on the night of the crucifixion was not who Peter would become. Peter matured as a follower of Jesus — and his character caught up with his calling!
Peter, the man who denied Christ, was crucified upside down on a cross because he did not consider himself worthy of dying in the same manner as his Messiah. Peter lived in victory over his fear and experienced a life of glorious faith and ministry.
And so can you.
Follow the link to listen to the dramatic presentation Vantage Point: A Disciple’s View performed by Loran Rule.
Check out this radical video of the Youth Spring Break Mission Trip. Great job guys!
On the Radar
Community Sunrise Easter Service at the Mustang Bowl, April 4, at 6:30 a.m.
“Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is coming Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm. Ladies, mark your calendar for this special time of fun and ministry.
Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website. We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth. Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table.
We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “When I Think About the Lord” by Shane and Shane
- “I’ve Found a Love” Jenn Johnson version
- “In Christ Alone” Rita Springer version
- “Everlasting God” Chris Tomlin version
Make plans to join us Next Sunday, April 4, 2010, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and encounter the cross from our own point of view through a final dramatic presentation. Also, our children will bless us through song! Don’t miss it!