What was it like the first time you left home? Maybe you were headed to college, or to the military. Perhaps it was a new job, or a marriage. Think back to how it felt for you to pick up and move to a new location, as you began a new life.
Many of us have had to start over, “re-inventing” ourselves numerous times through the years. The Northern Arizona area is filled with newcomers . . . people whose lives have been transplanted. Perhaps you’re still in the process of settling in, making all the necessary adjustments to a new life in Page.
Do you realize that Jesus is calling you, today, to pick up and move once again? You don’t have to sell your home and call the moving van; but the Lord wants his followers to live a new kind of life, starting today! For the Christian, the life of discipleship is a life of actually following Jesus. It’s not just talking about Christ, singing about him and praying to him on a semi-regular basis. Being a disciple of Jesus means actually following him!
Ask yourself these six, searching discipleship questions.
1. How can I respond to Jesus’ invitation to follow him, in the month ahead?
2. What are some specific ways that I intentionally can try to connect with Christ’s people this month?
3. How much time am I willing to devote this month to learning Christ’s word?
4. What is one way that I purposefully can strive to apply Christ’s word in my daily living in the month ahead?
5. What can I do in my church, this month, to embrace and support the Lord’s mission?
6. How can I get involved in Christ’s work in the lives of others this month, and discover the mission he’s calling me to take on?
Dig into those questions! Pray about them! Listen to the Lord, and actually follow His lead! Talk to a pastor, or a Christian friend, about your discipleship journey this month! You may well find yourself moving in some exciting new directions!
God bless you, and all you do in His Name this month.
In the name of Jesus, Amen
Pastor Tom Henkes
Your brother in Christ,
Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church
331 South Lake Powell Blvd.
Page, AZ 86040
Rev. Tom Henkes is Pastor to Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, Page, AZ. A California native and life-long Lutheran, he attended a Lutheran elementary school, graduated from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has served two congregations in the Phoenix area.
Crystal River of Life - Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5