Dis­ci­ple­ship learned on the lawn­mower

Calhoun Times - - OBITUARIES - Randy Muse

I re­mem­ber when I was a kid, how my dad was very care­ful to teach my brother and my­self how to mow the yard the right way. When you made the first few laps around the house, you had to throw the grass to the in­side to keep it off the foun­da­tion of the house. When we came to a cor­ner, you had to ride past the cor­ner and make a big loop to the out­side ( so as to leave the cor­ners per­fectly squared). Per­haps the most im­por­tant thing was to make straight lines in the be­gin­ning, and to keep them that way. So what was the trick to make the ini­tial lines straight? You’d be­gin in a cor­ner, look across the yard as far as you were go­ing to mow and found an ob­ject. That’s right, you find an ob­ject on the other side of the yard and drive straight to it, and never ever take your eyes off of it.

In our Chris­tian walk, it’s im­por­tant to walk in a straight path. Proverbs 4: 27 speaks to this when it says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eye­lids look right be­fore you. Pon­der the path of your feet, And let all your ways be es­tab­lished. Do not turn to the right or the left, re­move your foot from evil.” Just like when you’re mow­ing the yard, it’s most im­por­tant to have an ob­ject to go straight to. Je­sus Christ is the ob­ject of our faith, de­sire, and ex­pec­ta­tion.

To have faith in some­thing, means you have trust in it. Our faith has to be in Christ. Pe­ter’s faith was in Christ when he climbed out onto the rag­ing sea. In re­gards to the par­a­lytic man, “when Je­sus saw their faith, he said arise take up thy bed and walk.” The faith of the men who car­ried the par­a­lytic was re­warded. Their faith wasn’t in them­selves, it was in Je­sus.

The ob­ject of the be­liever’s faith for right­eous­ness is also Christ. In Philip­pi­ans 3: 8- 9, the Apos­tle Paul said, “and I count all things but loss for the ex­cel­lency of the knowl­edge of Christ Je­sus my Lord: for whom I have suf­fered the loss of all things, and do count them but garbage, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not hav­ing mine own right­eous­ness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the right­eous­ness which is of God by faith.” There’s noth­ing right­eous in us, apart from Christ.

Christ is also the ob­ject of the be­liever’s ex­pec­ta­tion of Heaven. Our hope is that we will share in His res­ur­rec­tion from the dead. Just as Je­sus was res­ur­rected, so will our loved ones who are asleep in Him. With­out the res­ur­rec­tion power we have in Je­sus, we would share the same sor­row­ful end as all the other re­li­gions.

So what do we need to do? We need to move for­ward in life, de­spite our cir­cum­stances, our sit­u­a­tions, and fail­ures; keep­ing our eyes on Je­sus , the ob­ject of our faith, de­sire, and ex­pec­ta­tion. Be Blessed.

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