This will be the “Back Page” for the bulletin at Fishkill UMC this coming Sunday, 10 February 2019 (5th Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C). This Sunday is Boy Scout Sunday and Evolution Weekend. My piece for Evolution weekend is “The Confluence Between Religion and Science” and will be posted later this week.
As many of you know, the 2nd Sunday in February holds a place special significance in my heart and in my life. On February 14, 1965, I formally began my walk with Christ as I became a member of the 1st EUB Church of Aurora, CO. Slightly over 1 year later, I would begin the walk that would lead to my Ph. D. in Science Education.
Of course, back then, I really didn’t know where those paths would take me. But, over the years, one thing became clear. You cannot walk two distinct paths; either you walk one and ignore the other or the two paths merge into one. But to choose one path over another means that your life will be incomplete.
Paul always made, at least for me, a logical argument for believing in Christ. After all his encounter with Christ was a great deal different from the disciples. And Isaiah, in the OT reading for today, makes a subtle argument for education and the consequences when one was not willing to learn. As Jesus selected those who become the disciples, he told them that they would be using their skills in a new way.
The same is true for each of us. We start off walking many different paths, not sure of where they might lead. But when those paths merge with the path that we walk with Christ, we know where we are headed. On this path, we will meet others who also walk with Christ.
But we will also meet many who are lost, have no idea where they are going and are seeking Christ. With our skills and talents, we can help these individuals began their walk with Christ.