Robert Templeton

Robert Templeton

I will be completely honest with you. There was a time when I almost walked away from ministry. My eyes began to focus on people and not upon Jesus Christ. Our Adversary Satan came very close to claiming a victory over my ministry. It was not because of what I was able to see, but rather what I was failing to see, to recognize, if you will.

I am reminded that following God is hard. After all, He’s invisible. You never know when He is going to show up and intervene .... or when He’s not.

God’s work, according to His Word and His Character, is constant. Yet His constant work is often hidden from our sight. It’s “underground” or “behind the scenes." Yet, the people who please God are those who make a decision to follow Him even when He can’t be seen. It’s easy when every day seems like a pleasant spring morning accompanied by a symphony of nature’s song. Yet, not so much in the midst of dark, terrible, frightening storms, which inevitably come.

God never said following Him would be easy. Following Him requires a willingness to do what He asks even when it doesn’t make sense. Following Him requires a person to do things that appear counter-intuitive: Give stuff away, turn the other cheek, be the 'bigger' person, when responding in kind would momentarily feel justified. Following God reminds us we are living under His plan - a plan where there is always more afoot than is apparent to the naked eye.

We all have our struggles. Many are self-inflicted, yet many of our struggles are from no choice of our own. As hard as this is to ingest, it’s how we walk this journey that reveals the true character of a person. It is how we walk this journey that shows the true depth of our professed relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Make your walk count. Let it be true.

Robert Templeton is pastor of Cope Baptist Church.

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