How would you like the reputation of being a fair-weather friend? Would you enjoy the thought that when your name comes up people can’t help but think – “Nice enough guy but totally undependable.” I am guessing and hoping that you would do everything in your power to be thought of as a person that follows through and will be there when the going gets tough.
How about on the other side of the coin? When your friend has some really good news, something that brings them joy, do they want to share it with you? Do you expand the celebration and rejoice with those who are rejoicing or do you put a damper on things? Would you make the laughter even a little louder and dance with those who are dancing because life has its things that are worth throwing a party over?
This Sunday’s theme is that Jesus wants to be with us in the best of times and the worst of times. There is nothing life can bring us that Jesus would not make better.
It is vitally important that we don’t just think of Jesus as an insurance policy when things are tough and go it on our own when life seems smooth. Scripture repeatedly warns us that God’s people had a tendency to forget Him when they didn’t have an “immediate and profound problem” that they were facing. They often cried out when life was difficult or the oppression became too much for them. But when life was free and easy – well, God would slip from their minds.
With that in mind I would encourage each of us today to consider all the good things in our lives and remember that they are gifts from God. Whether it is a loving family and good friends, or a job that pays the bills or health that allows us to go for a walk – it is from God. Don’t take it for granted and slip into drifting through life without the ever-present need to worship God. It is the continual awareness of Jesus’ presence that makes life its fullest and keeps us grounded in both the good and the tough times.
Jesus wants us to claim his promise today, tomorrow and always from Matthew 28.20 – “Surely, I will be with you always, to the very end…” He wants to be with us in it all. There is nothing in life that would be better without Jesus!
With Jesus and you,
Pastor Nick Mundis