By: Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld
As a young teen preparing for high school I wanted to be the best athlete that I could be. For me that meant running, lifting weights and doing footwork agility drills so I could be the best offensive lineman possible. If I tried hard enough maybe I could even play college or pro football. So…I watched the dedication and commitment of the best players on the varsity team, and I set my sights to be just like them. Seemed to me if I was going to get to my goal it meant dedication, commitment, hard work and surrounding myself with friends and those older than me who shared the same goal. I was striving!
What about you? What were you striving for early in life? How did it go? What did it teach you about yourself? What did you learn about the value of like-minded friends? How did it prepare you for your future?
Sometimes as Christians we get so focused on resting on the grace of God that we forget God’s call to holiness, that is striving to live out our faith and to be the best version of ourself that we can be every single day for the sake of others.
It is true that striving to get God’s grace and approval is all mixed up and wrong-minded—we get God’s best gifts because of Jesus’ goodness and striving related to His perfect life and sacrifice on the cross. Getting God’s best is always a matter of receiving gifts from God. That means we “rest” in His love and grace.
And with the calm assurance of God’s love for us—we join His team—and with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ—together we “strive” to live out our lives in a way that pleases Him and blesses others.
This is what Paul is describing when he invites us to imitate Him as he imitates Jesus. He even reveals what to think about and put into practice—that is, what to strive for.
whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable
—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Whatever you have learned
or received or
heard from me,
or seen in me
—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
It’s exciting to see Trinity’s leaders and members striving for God’s best—what does that look like for you and your home and family??
See you this weekend!