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And so I leave you with this question: are you allowing God’s glory to DISRUPT your life, or are you choking off God’s glory in your life in your efforts to keep things orderly, in an effort to be like everyone else, in an effort to live like a good citizen in the kingdom of people?
Y’all, when God first called a people to be the people of God, God told them God wanted them to be holy, to be SET APART, for God. And God spent thousands of years showing them what that meant, and a big, HUGE part of what it meant was looking at the world differently than everybody else, seeing differently and acting differently, acting out of love instead of hate, goodness instead of anger, justice for all instead of hoarding for a few. And then Jesus came, and he said the same thing.
Y’all, YOU can make that kind of difference in the world – as big a difference as selecting (for God) and anointing the greatest king in Israel’s history. God WANTS to make that kind of difference through you…if only you will listen for God and HEAR when God calls to you.
I guess what I’m trying to say is this: don’t test God by expecting something quite as mind-blowing as changing a tumor from malignant to benign. And don’t wait for God to show you a stairway to heaven like God did for Jacob. Instead, watch for the ways God is with you in every moment of your journey of life, offering you again and again the gifts of grace, presence, and steadfast love. Don’t just watch for the ways God is working in your life, but ENJOY the ways God is working in your life. Because God IS working, and your recognition of that reality will make life a lot more worth living!
Y’all, a church building that had been reduced to rubble just a few years prior to that service now stood as a beacon of hope for a community and a testament to what faith-in-action can do. Which gets me wondering: what can God accomplish when and if WE, First Christian Church, Grand Junction, put our faith into greater action?
Y’all, the answers to these questions, the direction of the choices you make – every SINGLE choice – they will determine the future of humanity, of this world, of creation? Because God doesn’t ALWAYS work but sometimes, lots of the time, chooses to rest, and God has given us, YOU, the power to participate in creation. What will your participation be?
Y’all, you may face grave difficulties in this life. You WILL face grave difficulties in this life. When you do, it is my prayer that you will adorn yourself with the full armor of God. It is my prayer that you will keep your focus on God-with-you, so that you my find God’s peace in the midst of persecution instead of finding something else.
First and foremost, this message demands that we live as equals with others. In all we do, we should strive to end relational and structural inequalities. We should start with equality in the household and in the congregation and let that radiate outward.
What’s the point? Thanks to Jesus, whatever it is that you are lacking in your life, and particularly the stuff that we seem to be MORE lacking today than 2,000 years ago – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, THESE kinds of things – whatever it is that you’re lacking in THIS kingdom, it IS available in that other kingdom, the Kingdom of God. And thanks to Jesus, you can access that other kingdom and all the wonders it offers while you still live here on this planet, in THIS life. But, of course, there IS a catch. You’ve got to wholly commit to living in that other kingdom to access its wonders. Which kingdom will you choose?
August 6, 2017 Sermon “Ephesians: Christ is Our Peace” Scripture Reading – Ephesians 2:11-12 11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, […]