by Paula Harrington
Recently, my family visited the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The sites and exhibits were breathtaking and provided a good time for the entire family.
One of the features that the center offers is a 3-D IMAX movie detailing the mission of the twelve men who have walked on the moon. I was amazed at how these men achieved a feat that many throughout the centuries have failed to do and some had deemed impossible. However, these men didn’t give up when obstacles were put in their way and they didn’t give in when others said it was hopeless. They held to their mission and they succeeded.
As Christians, we should not be surprised when faced with obstacles. Whether it be trials, temptations, tragedies and disappointments we will be confronted with obstacles that, if given the power, can discourage us and keep us from our mission. God gives us many examples in his Word from which we can find comfort and learn from.
Job’s heartache didn’t keep him from loving God nor did Joseph’s disappointments keep him from seeing God’s will. We can also achieve our mission if we persevere and not lose heart.
As I walked through the Space Center, I also thought of how we sometimes compartmentalize our faith into an hour (or more) a week when Christian living entails so much more.
Being a Christian is about changing our life, our attitude, and our future. It’s about thinking Jesus, seeking Jesus, and obeying Jesus every day.
The Israelites, after hearing the words of the Law said “All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient” (Exodus 24:7 NKJV). Being a Christian and honoring the name (Isaiah 62:2, Acts 11:26) is about obeying the complete Word of God and living his way, not ours.
Sometimes we think that warming a pew is all that needs to be done in order to call ourselves a Christian. However, sitting in a church building for an hour a week doesn’t make someone a Christian anymore than walking through the space center made me an astronaut.
Just like the twelve men who took the opportunity to walk on the moon, we too, should never give up on our mission of going to Heaven. We should not be afraid to tackle our obstacles, persevere in our faith, or be completely obedient to our Father in Heaven. There is coming a day when it won’t matter whether we’ve walked on the moon, but whether we’ve walked with Jesus.
by Paula Harrington