Fifth Sunday of Easter
Abiding in Jesus
The only time I use the word “abide” is in my relationship with Jesus. I don’t talk about abiding with my spouse or children, my mother or father, my sisters or brothers. I don’t use “abide” when I talk about my friends, even when I talk about church. I use “abide” only when it comes to Christ, and it yields great things.
When we are connected to Christ in such a special way, we have the potential to grow and do so many amazing things that happen only in this unique relationship. This relationship has the power to change the world. Love challenges us to see each other the way God sees us. Sharing joy lets everyone around us know that we live together in hope. Peace forces us to look for new solutions to old problems. Kindness opens our hearts for new relationships to form. Goodness stems from being part of God’s creation, which God deemed good. Faithfulness requires us always to be on the lookout for where the Holy Spirit is working in our midst. Gentleness tames our own urges and desires and connects us to Jesus. Self-control leads us away from sin and into deeper relationship with God, our-selves, and our neighbors.
This connection we as disciples have with Jesus is far more wonderful than we can express. In everything we do, may we glorify our Creator with the fruit that we bear.
Will you join me in trying something new? Try creating a poem using only the words from the back of this bulletin, cut them out and glue them to the cover, then take a picture and send it to me on Facebook or Instagram. #RansomedPrayer.
Matt Gillard, pastor
Heimtal Moravian Church, LeDuc County, Alberta