Having your ‘ducks in a row’ is a challenge we might hear in a leadership meeting, from a parent or in an office setting. The reality is that it also has great value in our spiritual walk with Jesus. To get ducks in a row, you have to have ducks!
Before we consider what our “ducks” are, it is always good to consider who is telling us what ducks look like. Most of our guidelines for life come from institutions or other individuals. Too often the world’s system defines for us what is important and what needs to be lined up and saluted. I would suggest that for the followers of Jesus those “ducks” need to be what HE considers important.
With that as our backdrop, here are a few areas that need to be understood at the deepest levels and lined up to have confidence and encouragement in our spiritual journey with Jesus. *
1. Jesus is God: John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
2. Jesus created the world: John 1:3-5. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it
3. Jesus’ Humanity: John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
4. Jesus’ command to love: John 15: 12-13 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
5. Jesus’ Sacrifice was sufficient: 1 John 2:2 and Hebrews 9:12 2. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 12. He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
6. Jesus rose from the dead. John 20:19-20, 29 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
7. We who follow HIM are in process. Phil. 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
• thoughts gleaned from Baseball chapel handout July 6, 2014