Second Sunday of Advent:
Jesus Christ is the Light of the world;
He has made known to us the wonder of God’s glory,
A glory full of grace and truth.
I will speak to the congregation of your faithfulness (from Psalm 40:10).
As we continue to observe the Advent season and reflect on the great gift of God’s only Son, it is important to remember God’s faithfulness to each one of us. One way to do this is to hear stories of how he is at work in our brothers’ and sisters’ lives and to stand alongside them in awe of God’s great love for us. To that end, I’m continuing our Communion Sunday series showcasing a testimony or two, drawn from people in our own congregation, proclaiming the work that God has done in our lives.
This month, I’ve asked Jon Kontz to share about a spiritual turning point in his life, when God called him out of his pride and ambition and into a gloriously full life marked by growing trust in God. Read and be blessed.
In the words of G.K. Chesterton, “Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be.”
I was described as “ambitious” by everyone I knew, and I was very good at ambition, known for pushing things around until I won. But God in His wisdom took away the crutch upon which my ambition leaned: my health. And God in His faithfulness called me out of my lifestyle, away from the winnings of my ambition: my possessions. And God in His grace called me from my plans and their pride itself. Through all of this, He gave me faith; He gave me peace in my soul and contentment in His provision for me. God is calling me to live in a miraculous adventure everyday. It is a miracle because without His grace I could not live “as a sheep in His pasture.” It’s an adventure because it is a world where the impossible finds its realization in Him, for His glory, by His power.
I close with Psalm 79:13, “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”