by Linda Veath Cox
The peacefulness of worship settled over me as I considered Pastor C’s words. God’s words. Just what I needed to hear that Sunday. As my pastor led our worship service, God met my need through the hymns, Scripture, and sermon. Especially the sermon.
Pastor C was speaking on Hebrews 13:9-15 and Jesus suffering outside the city gate. How He willingly went outside to find people who needed God to come to them. People like me.
He reminded us that our life with Jesus is one that is lived “outside the gate” of our family and friends—and whatever they think. And if putting Jesus first in our life creates distance between us and them, then better that than creating distance between us and Life in Him. Life in His eternal, enduring city.
Experiencing that distance between us and our family and friends is not easy. But Pastor C faithfully reminded us that our life in Jesus is worth it. The last paragraph of his sermon infused me (and no doubt the congregation) with the peace and joy I needed to face current difficulties in my life: