Finding Faithfulness

Sun, Dec 05, 2021
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. - Zechariah 9:9 (ESV) Eugene Petersen wrote a book entitled ‘A Long Obedience in the Same Direction’ that I keep meaning to read. I love the title. It’s an ode to the need for ongoing, regular, plodding faithfulness in a lifetime of following Christ. Faithfulness isn’t flashy; it usually doesn’t result in any headlines. But it is desperately needed – especially in a world that seems to revolve around the immediate and instant. However, it can also be tiring. I think that’s why Paul told the Galatians to not become weary in doing good (Gal 6:9). Sometimes we fail in that. That was the state of those who returned from exile. They had grown tired. They had come back with excitement and energy. They had reestablished the nation. They had started rebuilding the temple. Then, about 20 years later . . . everything was at a standstill. It seems when you begin with excitement and then fail or get tired it can become even harder to start again. That’s where they were. Where would they find the motivation? What would drive them forward? How could they continue? Enter Zechariah the prophet. This week in our series, ‘Christmas in a Minor Key’, we take a look at this forgotten book. I’ve never preached on it. You probably have not read it. But it is quoted or alluded to over 60 times in the New Testament. Interestingly, it provides a look not into the principles of motivation to begin again, but the person. Take a few minutes to read or listen to the last 5 chapters (9-14). I bet you will find some phrases or pictures you are familiar with.
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