January 3, 2020
“From Here to There”
Sounds like a cool title for a novel, doesn’t it? My sermon on Sunday will focus on the exciting subject of – CHANGE! You know it’s easy to get into rut as we slog through this thing called life. It reminds me of an old Peanut’s cartoon where Snoopy is bemoaning the fact his life lacks new opportunities. Exasperated he says, “Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh. There’s so little hope for advancement!” I’m looking forward to speaking out of 1 Kings 19:19-21 where Elisha undergoes a monumental change in his life that leads to Divine advancement. He determines he’s going to leave his “here” in order to go to God’s “there.” Read the account for yourself.
Elijah left and found Elisha plowing with a team of oxen; there were 11 teams ahead of him, and he was plowing with the last one. Elijah took off his cloak and put it on Elisha. Elisha then left his oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you.” Then Elisha went to his team of oxen, killed them, and cooked the meat, using the yoke as fuel for the fire. He gave the meat to the people, and they ate it. Then he went and followed Elijah as his helper. (1 Kings 19:19-21)
I truly believe 2020 is going to be a year for all of us to experience God’s life-changing power firsthand. I believe it’s going to be a year when many of us finally leave our “here” in order to follow God to our new “there.” With great anticipation, pastor jamie