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Security in Jesus

Pastor Dylan Mason 

Frost Creek Church 

(formerly Solon Center Wesleyan)

15671 Algoma Ave. NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Lately, it seems like every time I turn on the news there’s another world tragedy, another debate, or another divisive political topic being discussed and argued and weaponized. I don’t think that’s an observation that is foreign to most people. In a world where news, information, and opinions are more accessible and quickly spread than ever before, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s natural to experience anxiety, insecurity, and pressure when we’re constantly confronted with news, events, and political ideologies that we feel we need to have a strong opinion about. That’s all natural. But as followers of Jesus, we’re not called to live naturally, we’re called to live super-naturally!

Over the last 17 months, as a pandemic flipped our world on its head, as we’ve experienced a new world-shaking event seemingly every week, as the course of each of our individual lives seemed to change regularly, the things that we’d become accustomed to finding our comfort and security in—like our jobs, finances, or even our physical safety and well-being—have been threatened or even completely taken from us. But this should be no surprise to us as followers of Jesus. 

Look at the warning James gives in James 5:1-2 (NIV): “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” 

When we attempt to find our security in and hold onto temporary things of this world like time, money, possessions, and relationships, in the end we will all be found empty. That is the warning James is giving us here. He wants to be sure we know that lasting security cannot be found in temporary things. 

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to find our security in him. Jesus is the only place where we will ever find eternal, lasting, fulfilling security. And praise be to Him, because we can all have the true peace, joy, and freedom that he provides if we just accept the gift of salvation that he’s given us! 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV) says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 

I hope you find peace and freedom, regardless of the trials and difficulties you face, knowing that we already have victory in this life and the next because of Jesus.

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