Sunday, we were blessed to have a guest speaker with us. Phil Wiseman is the Lead Pastor of Table Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Yes, I know that it sounds weird to say that, as Phil was on our staff for 10 years. But this Sunday, we commissioned not only Phil and his team, but also the team from Gathering 208 and the team from The Ransom Church: Rock Rapids. Three churches are being birthed out of willingness, obedience and God sized faith. We couldn't be more proud.
As Phil W continued our series #harshhashtags, I did what you are always supposed to do to your guest speakers- I gave him the hardest passage imaginable to preach on! Of all the hard statements Jesus makes in scripture, this has to be one of the hardest:
So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. (John 6:53 NLT)
Um. Yikes. This seems just over the top. In fact, as you keep reading, it seems his disciples agree, as many of them turn away. Today, we have a bit more perspective on this passage, and the fairly clear tie to the sacrament of communion. The disciples did not necessarily have this perspective. But even knowing what we know now, the struggle is still real, because we know Jesus' real call here is about commitment. The scariest words are not "eat my flesh and drink my blood," but rather "you cannot have eternal life within you."
I think the great realization here is that there is no half way with Jesus. You're either in or you're out. And this is the hard truth those of us who are seeking Christ have to reconcile. We can't follow Jesus in some things and expect His blessing in all things. The call to follow Jesus is all or none. You're either a disciple or you're not. You're either surrendered to Him or you're not. You're either willing to submit to all of His words and all the commands of scripture or you're not. There is simply no half way holiness.
Where are you with Jesus? If you're not all in, why not? If there's an area you're holding back, what would it take to let it go? What would it take to get you to all in? And do you want it?
The reason Phil W was able to preach this message with such conviction is because he is living it. He is all in. My prayer is that God would continue to show you what all in looks like for you. Because you're either in or you're not. If you're not, and you would like to talk to a Pastor about how to get there, contact us and let us know.