Butterflies fluttered around in my stomach this morning as I went into the church service. Going to a different church makes me really nervous. I like to sneak in after the music starts, sit in the back, and be the first one out when the pastor wraps up. I like anonymity. Especially lately. Small talk takes too much energy and an in depth conversation takes even more. Do you ever feel that way?
I enjoyed the message delivered by Pastor Glen Mustian. He's the new senior pastor. I met Don Parker, the former senior pastor, at a conference last fall. I was a little surprised that Don wasn't there this morning.
Mustian is working through the book of Mark. Whenever I go to church, I'm honestly looking for the Lord to speak to me through the message. Pastor Glen gave a great talk and I especially took note of three things in Mark 1:16-45:
1. Follow Me. There is never a time not to follow Jesus, but now more than ever, I need to follow Him. That's as basic as it gets. It's fundamental. No matter what you do, in order to do it well, you must know the fundamentals.
2. Jesus will make us become fishers of men. I've been busy trying to make myself a fisher of men. It's not my job. It's His.
3. Get before the Lord and let Him recharge me. That's what I got from Mustian's comments on verse 35: "He went out to a solitary place; and there He prayed." I'm here living at my sister's house for who knows how long and getting alone with the Lord is a challenge. But it's crucial. How else will I make the most wise decisions for my family and me? How will I keep my priorities straight if I don't find my way to a solitary place?
It's my only lifeline.