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The Journey


Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14

Do you understand everything that is going on around you? Do you understand how you got to work this morning, not the route but how you got there the inner workings of the vehicle transporting you and the civil engineering feats that created the roadways, rails, and pathways that the transportation device traversed? I am guessing that there is something mysterious going on beyond your understanding. There are basically two aspects to humanity the curious side and the side that just goes.

Children are driven by the curious mode. If you have ever hung out with a child you probably answered the question “why” around 100 times a day. A child uses aspect of themind that many of us have let go dormant. The child is on a quest of knowledge, and where they do not know they imagine. They observe and reflect, they act out and they write different stories to put themselves in. A child engages the mystories of life, no wonder Jesus says that to enter the Kingdom you must approach it lik a child.

The other side of humanity is more common in adults. The aspect of life that just goes, blindly along the way. Some might say it is living by faith, but let’s be honest it is a life of disengagement. It is a life where we stop pursuing the unknown and get comfortable in the areas we know. Now there are many adults that still live in the aspect of life as a child, they usually annoy those that have “grown up”. These adults are researchers, authors, artists, and even some businessmen and women.

God wants us to live engaged with life. Engage in the mystery of life, the mystery of God. It bring pleasure to seek out the mystery. I married an artist, with that being said things can get pretty intresting. I remember one of my son’s birthdays where she devised a treasure hunt for his gifts. My son ran all around the house seeking the mystery, each time he found a clue it sparked his desire to find even more. With each find was another clue. He went all over only to find his gift right where he started. The funny thing is that this was several years ago and he still keeps his most prized posessions in the shoe box covered in paper and decorated to resemble a wooden chest.

The mystery inspired my son to find his gifts, the mystery and the joy of the find drove my wife to create the story, and in that mystery we have one of the greatest family memories. Yet most of the time we do not engage the mystories, rarely do we engage in a quest to find the mysteries of God. Yet that is what he created us to do. He preordained this in our lives. Which is one of the mysteries, what does being chosen before the foundations of the world mean? I look at it like the quest my wife and I took my son on. We had the gifts and we already chosen to give him the gift, but the joy of receiving the gift came not in the gift but in the find.

Do we engage in the mystery of God or are we just “blindly” living a disengaged life? How many of us read scripture with anticipation of finding something amazing? Do we pray hoping to have some new aspect of God shown to us? Salvation is predestioned in Christ, meaning before the foundation of the world Jesus was preordained to provide redemption. That’s great and all but there the joy is not in the knowledge but the relationship and in the quest to know Christ. To find out who He is and who you are in Him.

Today I encourage you to stop just living, and start a quest to find God. Along the way you may find may other things, mainly yourself. Have fun! 

About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.


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