Thankful for You!
It doesn’t matter what you believe about COVID or any other issue facing our world; these last couple years have been exceptionally stressful for all of us. I just want to take a few moments and thank God for YOU! “ I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
I often write and preach about how our faith in Christ Jesus impacts how we live. Scripture reminds us that that living impacts others. Today I am saying “Thank you!” to remind all of us that our actions don’t just impact unbelievers or random strangers, but in fact our actions impact fellow believers.
It has not been an easy year in leadership. We have been required to make countless decisions on a daily basis for the last two years. Not a single decision has been easy and not one of them has brought unanimous agreement, yet you have all bonded together for the greater good. You have rested your eyes on Jesus and set an example for believers and unbelievers alike.
Paul Goffron (our principal) and I recently sent this following excerpt to our school parents, and I thought it was appropriate to send to our worshipping congregation as well. It is true of all of us, the family of faith at Cross, and it is worth remembering and celebrating!
Let’s Celebrate – We are a family at Cross, a large family, but a family. We have varying opinions and varying needs, but we have unity in the one Head, Jesus Christ. Can we celebrate that for a minute? Paul writes this to the believers in Philippians 2:3-5:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…”
Thank you for being an awesome family of faith at Cross. Thank you for sacrificing for one another. It is an honor to serve in a place like this, where dirty rotten sinners submit to the Word of God and to one another, even in the most challenging of times. None of us are even close to perfect on this; we all need to confess and forgive one another. We all need to give Jesus our fears and put our trust in Him. We thank God for each of you who pray for us, and we are certainly praying for you!
Thank you, Cross! Your grace and patience inspire me to keep going. Your truth spoken in love sharpens my decision making and Gospel proclamation. Your actions shine the light of Christ’s love into the world and on one another. Your prayers sustain and strengthen me when I am weak.
Take some time this week and be thankful for one another. No, we don’t always agree on everything. Yes, we can get on one another’s nerves. But, we agree that Jesus Christ and His life saving gift is the top priority. We believe our differences make us a stronger and more complete ministry for Jesus. We believe our weakness allows God’s grace to shine even more. For all of this and more, we are a perfect family of faith and that is something for which to be thankful.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:24
Thankfully serving Him and you,
Pastor Erik Gauss