How many of you have ever crossed a bridge?
This can be a physical bridge in that you had to get from one place to another and used a bridge of some shorts to get there. Or it could have been an emotional or spiritual bridge where you had to move from one situation to another. Today’s lectionary readings speak of being set aside for a purpose as Moses was. We need to acknowledge that we are in this world but we are not of this world! That we are set aside for Kingdom purposes and not earthly ones.
BUT, how do we get to the place that we are being Kingdom-minded instead of earthly focused? We need to cross a bridge. A bridge that each one of us is called to. We have been set aside as living sacrifices so that we can be like Peter and proclaim and testify to who Jesus Christ is. Our lives need to show others this before ours mouths do.
In Matthew 16, Peter acknowledges who Jesus is and Jesus tells Peter that on this rock (Peter’s proclamation of faith) I WILL build my church. It’s not a past tense statement. It’s a future statement, one that we are called to. Here and now, from this moment, stand up and proclaim in faith who Christ is in your life. And as St. Francis of Assisi said, “Where necessary, use words”. Our voice and speech are secondary to building the Kingdom. Our faith and actions will always speak louder than our words. Regardless of the trials and persecutions we will endure, we must surrender daily to God’s purpose for our lives and walk in Father’s grace and provision.
So how does your bridge look?
What do you need to do to get across the bridge and live as Christ calls us instead of following our own thoughts, egos and ambitions? Make a decision today as to what you have to do, change, stop or start in order to get across the bridge.
May you always know Father’s shalom.