Walking Our Faith
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
June 3, 2016
Subject
Walking Our Faith
Description

CNN posted an article about a young man’s spiritual pilgrimage.  When Andrew Domini learned that a friend had recently been diagnosed with stage IV cancer, the 19-yearold college student traveled 70 miles to pray at the shrine of a Catholic Saint, Theodore Guerin.  Domini could have easily driven the 70 mile distance, but he wanted his journey to be a sacrifice, so he chose to walk instead.  The journey took him two days.  He arrived with feet blistered and bloody, but as he prayed over the remains of the Catholic Saint, Domini said he finally felt at peace.  Now here’s the interesting part.  Andrew Domini isn’t Catholic, and when asked, he admitted to having mixed feelings about the Church.  Reading this story, I couldn’t help but be struck by the young man’s similarity to the Roman centurion from Luke 7. “When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."- Luke 7:1-9 I have to admit, after reading that article I began to think.  What are we willing to sacrifice to truly honor The King of kings?  Domini was willing to sacrifice in order to pray to a God he barely understood.   What, if any, sacrifice have we made to show just how much we love and desire to have a closer relationship with our Savior?  Do a few garbled words before falling asleep at night or a quick, “Good Morning, Lord!” count?  Andrew Domini spent two days walking 70 miles to reach a place of worship.  What sacrifices have we made so we can truly worship Jesus?  Does my five minute walk to church on Sunday morning count?  Are we willing to put aside our comfort, our wants and desires, to honorably worship The One who died in our place?  It is so easy to grow complacent in our faith, to make it such a part of our daily ritual that we end up forgetting God.  Sometime we don’t even take time to have a conversation with Him.  But God wants more from us than our hollow actions and lifeless obedience; he wants to be the center of our lives.  He desires that we grow in our love of Him. Being a faithful Christian means living with a passion for God and a willingness to go the extra mile or miles.  It means living with vision, and not settling for the bear minimum, so we can get by.  It’s seeking to know our unfathomable God, and realizing that He always has something new He wants to teach us.  So, let me ask, “When was the last time we really sacrificed something, anything for God?”  Just wondering…Pastor David Walking Our Faith He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”– Matthew 17:20     CNN posted an article about a young man’s spiritual pilgrimage.  When Andrew Domini learned that a friend had recently been diagnosed with stage IV cancer, the 19-yearold college student traveled 70 miles to pray at the shrine of a Catholic Saint, Theodore Guerin.  Domini could have easily driven the 70 mile distance, but he wanted his journey to be a sacrifice, so he chose to walk instead.  The journey took him two days.  He arrived with feet blistered and bloody, but as he prayed over the remains of the Catholic Saint, Domini said he finally felt at peace.  Now here’s the interesting part.  Andrew Domini isn’t Catholic, and when asked, he admitted to having mixed feelings about the Church.  Reading this story, I couldn’t help but be struck by the young man’s similarity to the Roman centurion from Luke 7. “When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."- Luke 7:1-9 I have to admit, after reading that article I began to think.  What are we willing to sacrifice to truly honor The King of kings?  Domini was willing to sacrifice in order to pray to a God he barely understood.   What, if any, sacrifice have we made to show just how much we love and desire to have a closer relationship with our Savior?  Do a few garbled words before falling asleep at night or a quick, “Good Morning, Lord!” count?  Andrew Domini spent two days walking 70 miles to reach a place of worship.  What sacrifices have we made so we can truly worship Jesus?  Does my five minute walk to church on Sunday morning count?  Are we willing to put aside our comfort, our wants and desires, to honorably worship The One who died in our place?  It is so easy to grow complacent in our faith, to make it such a part of our daily ritual that we end up forgetting God.  Sometime we don’t even take time to have a conversation with Him.  But God wants more from us than our hollow actions and lifeless obedience; he wants to be the center of our lives.  He desires that we grow in our love of Him. Being a faithful Christian means living with a passion for God and a willingness to go the extra mile or miles.  It means living with vision, and not settling for the bear minimum, so we can get by.  It’s seeking to know our unfathomable God, and realizing that He always has something new He wants to teach us.  So, let me ask, “When was the last time we really sacrificed something, anything for God?”  Just wondering…Pastor David Walking Our Faith He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”– Matthew 17:20     CNN posted an article about a young man’s spiritual pilgrimage.  When Andrew Domini learned that a friend had recently been diagnosed with stage IV cancer, the 19-yearold college student traveled 70 miles to pray at the shrine of a Catholic Saint, Theodore Guerin.  Domini could have easily driven the 70 mile distance, but he wanted his journey to be a sacrifice, so he chose to walk instead.  The journey took him two days.  He arrived with feet blistered and bloody, but as he prayed over the remains of the Catholic Saint, Domini said he finally felt at peace.  Now here’s the interesting part.  Andrew Domini isn’t Catholic, and when asked, he admitted to having mixed feelings about the Church.  Reading this story, I couldn’t help but be struck by the young man’s similarity to the Roman centurion from Luke 7. “When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."- Luke 7:1-9 I have to admit, after reading that article I began to think.  What are we willing to sacrifice to truly honor The King of kings?  Domini was willing to sacrifice in order to pray to a God he barely understood.   What, if any, sacrifice have we made to show just how much we love and desire to have a closer relationship with our Savior?  Do a few garbled words before falling asleep at night or a quick, “Good Morning, Lord!” count?  Andrew Domini spent two days walking 70 miles to reach a place of worship.  What sacrifices have we made so we can truly worship Jesus?  Does my five minute walk to church on Sunday morning count?  Are we willing to put aside our comfort, our wants and desires, to honorably worship The One who died in our place?  It is so easy to grow complacent in our faith, to make it such a part of our daily ritual that we end up forgetting God.  Sometime we don’t even take time to have a conversation with Him.  But God wants more from us than our hollow actions and lifeless obedience; he wants to be the center of our lives.  He desires that we grow in our love of Him. Being a faithful Christian means living with a passion for God and a willingness to go the extra mile or miles.  It means living with vision, and not settling for the bear minimum, so we can get by.  It’s seeking to know our unfathomable God, and realizing that He always has something new He wants to teach us.  So, let me ask, “When was the last time we really sacrificed something, anything for God?” 

Just wondering…Pastor David

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