Sun, Sep 17, 2017
by Chris Russell
My Story week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 17, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. STAY As we focus on our word for today, we realize that during this season of life that we are in, we’re going to run up against some obstacles or challenges. It might be a job that you don’t feel like you can stand anymore… it might be a relationship that is falling apart… it may be a goal you are trying to achieve but it’s just gotten so difficult you are considering throwing in the towel. And in all of these situations you have to decide, “Do I stay the course or do I walk away?” Now let’s acknowledge that there are certainly times where we should walk away from a situation or circumstance in our lives. There are times in our lives where we need to let a chapter end and start a new chapter. But far too often people walk away before they ever really sought out God’s wisdom and insight in to the situation. They walk away because it just feels too hard. And what I want us to focus on today is that many times the best decision you can make is to stay the course when it would be easier to walk away. The Bible provides an excellent example of staying with the story of Ruth. Ruth 1:16 Ruth 2:11-12 The big question that we have been asking in this series of messages has been… Making God the Author of My Story What Does God Want You To Want? It might be he wants you to spend more time with your family, or for you to grow more spiritually. Or for some of you, it maybe to stop pursuing your own dreams and surrender something to God. Or it may be to stop living for things that don't matter. It might be to spend more time at home. Whatever it is, what does God want you to want? It’s a question that you need to wrestle with for a while and see how God stirs in your soul. Then, in light of determining what God wants you to want, our application question for today is… Where Does God Want You To Stay? Where does God want you to stay the course so that you can live the story that God wants you to tell? Where does God want you to stay the course when it would be so much easier to just walk away? There are going to be times in your life where the way forward doesn’t look easy, where another path will seem to look so much more appealing and easier. But there are going to be many of those times where God is going to call you to stay the course when you would rather go a different direction. In light of what God wants you to want, where does God want you to STAY? Maybe you’re working and taking classes at the same time and you’ve gotten to the point where you just don’t feel like you can keep going – it’s just too hard, it’s too expensive, it’s too time consuming, it’s just too much. What about those who are tempted to give up on church. Then there are others who make the decision to STAY anyways. They know that that is where God is calling them to be at this season in life and they do the work necessary to repair the relationships and clear the air on what is going on and seek to grow as a result of it. Or you might decide to stay with God as God will always stay with you because he will never leave you nor forsake you. Some of you, it will be in your marriage. I don’t know what area of your life you need to apply today’s message to, but I want you to know this beyond a shadow of a doubt… sometimes the greatest act of faith is faithfulness…. staying where you are planted. The decisions that we make today determine the stories that we tell tomorrow. And sometimes, the best decision you can make it to stay when it would be so much easier to walk away.