"Just to establish some parameters," said the professor, "Mr. Nichols, what is the opposite of joy?" "Sadness," said the student.
"And the opposite of depression, Ms. Biggs?" "Elation."
"And you sir, how about the opposite of woe?" "I believe that would be giddy up!"
That's about right! It's true spiritually, the opposite of moving forward is Woe!
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 NKJV
Do I really want follow Jesus? Do I really trust Him as my Savior and Lord: that He died on the cross for my sins and defeated death by rising from the dead enabling me to have eternal life? I mean, is all that worth sacrificing my right to gossip, judge, envy, lust, criticize, and treat others hatefully? Is the sacrifice of the Son of God worth me sacrificing my time, my efforts, my dreams, my wants, my will, my plans, my agenda? Sometimes, it's just not enough, is it? That's not a good place to be.
We're either moving forward following Christ in obedience or we're sliding backwards into sin.
We are entering a new day in the life of our church as our new pastor will be in place in less than a month! Let's use this time of transition as an opportunity to get back on track if you've been caught up in selfishness or worldliness. Put down the distractions and pick up that cross of commitment to Jesus Christ.
And even if you've been faithful, let's all welcome our new pastor with a fresh commitment to serving our Lord together!
It's time to giddy up!