Message From Matt – July 17

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who you Know!
As many of you know, we headed to Oaxaca, Mexico this week for our annual missions trip to encourage our church plants and see the great work that they are doing!  Since this is my third trip to Oaxaca, I feel that I have good insight on what to expect from start to finish, including the “pain” that getting through security at the airport can be.  I know that the word “pain” seems a little dramatic, but if you fly, you know what I mean…the TSA lines can be a drag.  I expected the security lines to be long!  I expected the process of taking belts and shoes off, emptying my pockets, getting everything on the conveyor belt to be scanned to be a little too much!   Then being scanned myself would be at the very least, slightly annoying!  But this is what you expect when you take a flight…right?
Yes, unless you know someone!
I didn’t know a TSA supervisor or a “high up” at the airport…I just know Wanda Britt!
If you don’t know Wanda, she is a lady that has played a vital role in our church for many years and has an amazing testimony of dedication and service to God/IBT!  But that isn’t the reason that I am writing about her.  I am writing because of what she had…a pass for her and a friend to go through the pre-check line and bypass the long lines through the regular check points.  If you remember my post about the Fast Pass at Disney several works ago, this was similar as we got through the line in a few moments and didn’t have to wait long.  
As we were going through the short line, I was reminded of what I tell my kids often, “it’s not what you know as much as who you know” that will help open doors for you in your life!  Wanda was Fast Pass through security!
Of course you know that I am going to get biblical on you…but knowing Jesus Christ is the greatest thing that we can do to have a fulfilled life because He is the greatest!
Just a few reminders to know about Jesus:
  • He is the greatest of all time (John 1:27)
  • He is the door to salvation (John 10:9)
  • He is the way, truth and life (John 14:6)
  • He gives abundant life (John 10:10)

And the list could go on and on!  
We are thankful for these great truths, but the greatest truth is that Jesus Christ died for you (1 Timothy 1:15) and that He currently is making intercession for you (Romans 8:34)!
So if Jesus died for me and is always thinking and praying for me…why should I ever be overcome with fear or stress?  Even though those things will come upon me from time to time, I do not have to give in to them because of who I know! 
What about you?  Are you overcome right now?  If you are a believer in Jesus, remember who you know!  Remember who is in your corner!  Remember who you are!