Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
This young man had many reasons to be happy: social status, material goods... he lived an exemplary life. He kept God’s commandments since he was a child. The story tells us that upon seeing him, Jesus “loved him”. This love with which Jesus saw the young man with revealed to him what was holding the young man back from eternal life. Not only was the problem revealed, but so was the solution: “sell all of your belongings and give it to the poor and you shall have treasures in heaven and follow me.”
That message applies to us as well! Jesus sees us and he loves us, and he wants to show us what’s holding us back. For the young man in the story, his possessions were standing between him and God. In our case, what is so hard to give up that it’s holding us back from following God? What should
you abandon in order to get closer to God? It is my prayer that you allow God, He who loves you, to speak to you through love and that you may listen so that revelations may occur. What are you missing? In addition, I pray that you do not repeat the same mistake the young man made... Due to his love of possessions and wealth, sadly walked away from Jesus with a conflicted heart. It’s not about earning eternal life, like the young man saw it, but it’s about having the faith to follow Jesus. It’s about cutting off whatever tethers us to this world and that which inhibits us from consecrating our lives to Jesus. It’s about allowing Jesus to not only be Savior of our lives, but also Lord of our lives.
With love in Christ, Pastor Eva.
* Back to school Bash. Youth will have it this Friday, August 23 at 7pm. We encourage parents to bring their youth or if they need ride contact pastor Rick or Isaac.
*Greeters training- This Saturday, August 24th from 1pm- 2:30pm in the sanctuary. We need your help in this ministry and pastor Andy and pastor Eva will be equipping everyone who is willing to serve in the kingdom of God. We hope to see you there!
*BAPTISMS This Sunday, August 25th. The instructions are as followed: We are planning to finish the worship service as early as possible in order to go straight to Richard and Dalia’s pool at their house. Where the baptisms will take place. Their address is: 8220 E. Peach Tree Ln. Wichita, KS. 67207
After baptisms we will have hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. You can collaborate with side dishes like: chips, salad, fruit, drinks such as sodas, water, or the dessert. After the baptisms, the pool will be open for whoever would like to swim. (bring your towel). Please don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate together the joy to see our brothers and sisters obeying God’s Word!!
*New membership class will begin on Sunday, September 1st during Sunday School. If you are interested, you can talk to Pastor Andy or Pastor Eva.
*ALPHA small group study will start Sunday, September 8th at 5pm at the fellowship. Brother Tim Bertrand will lead the class.
*Sunday School and Missions invite each Eastridge member to be part of the big outreach church wide: MISSION POSSIBLE. It will be on Saturday, September 28th from 11 am to 3pm at our church. We will have inflatable games, cotton candy, snow cones, and Bible stories. This will give us the great opportunity to carry out the great mission of sharing the Good News. How? Praying, inviting, being part of the work before the event, during the event and after the event. More details will be given this Sunday at church.