Which Way Lord? Developing Tenacity

Pursuing our purpose in life requires tenacity. It takes great perseverance to reach our larger goals in life. Getting a degree takes determination. If you are going back to school after having been away for a while, it takes resolve to accomplish that goal. It’s often true in other areas of our lives too. Parents and grandparents require tenacity when raising children and guiding grandchildren. You may need to help them overcome health or emotional issues or deal with addiction problems. It can take years of work. As we come to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we reflect on the tenacity of Jesus in pursuing God’s will so faithfully, not giving up even as he faced the suffering before him. We have also talked these past weeks about the Apostle Paul and his determination in serving Christ as an early missionary. As conflicts continued to erupt in response to his message of faith, threats were made against Paul’s life. He knew he was facing dangerous enemies, especially if he returned to Jerusalem, but he felt called by God to make a witness of faith. There are some striking parallels between the end of Paul’s life and Jesus’ final days. Both were tenacious in serving God. Both knew there was life-threatening conflict ahead of them. Both could see and hold on to the larger purpose of God, that long view that helped them to look past immediate troubles. Both sought to know and live God’s will, especially when it required great perseverance on their part.

Sunday we begin our Holy Week celebration and enter into the last days of Jesus life. Come join us as we meet the relentless and self-giving love of Christ that always looks for us and calls us to rise to the challenges of our day and living God’s will for mercy and justice. As we walk these days of Holy Week, come find again how Christ walks with us to inspire and fuel our tenacity.

Dave Summers, PhD
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
602-840-8360 Ext 131

 

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