By Dr. D.
Dear Pleasant Church Family,
Have you ever considered how precious you are to the Lord? At times we can trivialize the relationship that our Creator has with us, but take just a minute today to think of this: Of all the people that our God could have created for this moment in time, He created you. Of all the folks our God could have called into existence to be a vital part of your family and this community, He chose you. Of all the individuals God could have formed in your mother’s womb, it was you. And because God created you in His image, obviously He wants to be intimately connected to you.
We quite often forget how much of an investment God has made in our lives, but if we were to really look at the truth of this matter we would see that God sacrificed in order to make us His children and how much He continues to give so that we will remain His children. The Psalmist reminds us how sweet it is to be in God’s presence…
Psalm 73:24-28 (NIV) says, “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORDmy refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” Through those words we recognize that God did not just create us to walk through life alone, but instead our Lord walks life’s path with us! How wonderful! How amazing! This God who grants us life also stands by our side through “thick and thin.” There is an older song that shares that same insight. The name of the song is “He Didn’t Bring Us This Far.” The chorus of the song has these words… “He didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn’t build His home in us to move away. He didn’t lift us up to let us down.”
What a great reminder for us today. God created us with purpose and with an ultimate goal of bringing Him glory. So we need to ask ourselves a hard question… “How am I allowing God to me you today?”Are we passionate about sharing the news of God’s love with folks around us? What difference are we making for the cause of Christ?
Here’s something that may really help in our spiritual journey… We have just begun a new Connect Group at Pleasant Ridge entitled “The Real God” and in that Sunday evening study we are discovering that all too often, we want to make God who we want for Him to be. But we need to rethink that notion and let God be God in every aspect of our lives. If you would like to join us for the study, it is not too late. We would love for you to plug in here and help make a difference in our community, our state, our country and our world.
In just a few weeks, on October 21st, the church family at Pleasant Ridge will be taking time to honor the hard working folks who make up our County Law Enforcement Officers, Our Local Firefighters and Our Local Emergency Medical Personnel as well as those Telecommunicators who communicate the information to our First Responders. Please show your support for them by being present here to let them know how much of a difference they make in our lives! We can make a huge difference in the lives of others each day by just sharing the love of Christ with them, and here is a very tangible way for us to show the folks that are in the life saving business that we love them!
I love you and I thank God for you… I also believe that the greatest days of God’s work here at Pleasant Ridge are still ahead!
Go Out and Make a Difference!