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This is living

Pastor Thomas K. Schmidt

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs

I Thessalonians 4:1-2(NIV): “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

Some of the most memorable winter times that are imbedded in my mind have some relationship with sledding, tobogganing, or sliding down a huge hill.

It did not matter if the temperature was below zero or hovering around the freezing mark.  It was all about the adventure of going down a hill as fast as we could. The adventure always seemed to have greater excitement when more than one person traveled down the hill with you. Watching on top of the hill was entertaining but being involved in the downhill experience surely brought a thrill that was beyond words.

There were so many times that we would say, “Now, this is really living!” Some of you know just what I am talking about.

“This is living” in the spiritual realm is related to how we are devoted to God.  

This is living when we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We need to get on the sled to travel down the hill for the adventure and begin the descent to really know what it is like. Until we come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we are still watching from the top of the hill.

One time down the hill just didn’t seem like enough. We would experience the thrill of sledding by trying snow boards, toboggan, plastic sleds and even some things like plastic or cardboard.  

Paul, the Apostle said, “Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”  Sometimes it was an urging that was needed to go down the hill for the first time, second time or several times. Often, we just wanted to go down the hill over and over again. 

In our spiritual walk, we can be supportive and encouraging of others by letting them know that we are cheering them on and wanting for them to live victorious day after day after day.  

The best rides are those when someone else is riding along. Then the journey down the hill can be shared and forever imbedded in our mind. And those times that the sled stopped quickly and the end result was rolling over and over until we stopped going down the hill. Laughter, joy and fun filled our lives.

This is what it is today as we live for God as devoted followers of Jesus. We journey through life experiencing tragedies, trials, turbulence and tough experiences. Doing life with others, no matter what is ahead, brings about hope, joy and peace that is beyond words.

This is living—doing life with Jesus and others.

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