We will be on a shot sabbatical, as we prepare to begin our ministry in earnest. I will return with our Monday and Wednesday posts in late September. Thank you for sharing in the journey, and may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Let us take a moment to reflect on the events in Virginia. I am not who becomes involved with rhetoric nor am in one to make comments of a political nature of any kind. I am asking you to give the victims of Virginia a moment of your time to pray for them and their families and friends. Take a moment and pray for the injured, the ones who are in shock of this event.
Our humanity must be one that we use what Jesus has taught us, to love rather than hate, to be servants rather the lords, and to break the bonds that separate us that we may become what God wants us to be.
Take time to pray, and to give thanks for all you have received from God, pray because he keeps your family safe, but most of all, pray that he sends you to follow in the path of his Son, our Lord Jesus.
I am sorry I am late with my posting for Wednesday, I had a good reason for this, let me show you.
Monday, I asked you to take some time and change your perspective, even if for just a few minutes. It is all too often that we become caught up in our daily lives that we do not take out time for ourselves. It is more often that we become caught up with work, the news of the day and how it may affect us. We become distracted by “life”, by things that we cannot control, yet we continue to try.
As I said, my Wednesday posting is late, because I was distracted. My day was taken up with family issues, I was inundated with work (my phone rang all day), I did not allow myself any time to think, or time to spend for myself to change my perspective of my day, from a disorganized mess, into one that I could wrap my head around.
In Act’s 17:16-23, Paul had a similar problem while in Athens. He was distressed that the city was filled with idols. This must have made him uncomfortable to say the least, and had he allowed his being uncomfortable to rule him he may not have preached the gospels. Rather than allowing himself to be distracted, he changed his perspective, seeing that the people of Athens were interested in religion, he used their interest to preach the good news of Christ and salvation.
How many times do we not change or perspective? How often do we allow the stress of our lives to define us? How often do we put off what God asks for us to do, in favor the distractions of our lives?
We should ask God to give us wisdom, that we may change our perspective, rather than lingering over what we do, to what we should be doing. We should ask for the ability to see, and fix, those whom we hurt by our distractions.
Change your perspective, Paul did, so can we.
My thought for you today, take a moment and enjoy your life and those who you love. Take a moment to think about all we have, and who it is that we receive it from. Take a moment and just breath.
From the Pulpit
Last Monday, we spoke about the need for our willingness to become more than we are when God calls us to help those who are in need. As we profess to be followers of Christ, we are united in faith that he is our lord and savior, he is our path towards eternal life in heaven. Though we may have our differences, whether denominational views, Catholic or Protestant ideas and theology. We are bound together by the single idea of Christ as our savior.
We can, at times, allow our differences to separate us. We allow ourselves to become more focused on what divides us, rather than what makes us the same. In Mark 3:25, Jesus tells us that, “if a house stands against itself, that house cannot stand.” Jesus is telling us, that we must all work together as followers, as those who profess our faith in him, as those who know him to be our savior and Lord.
Paul points out that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28). Paul tells us that we are all as one, we should not focus on our individuality or our separations, rather, we should embrace those things that bring us to together. We also learn in In Acts 10:34, “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality.” As with Paul, Peter tells us that in the sight of God, we are all children, we are all his people we are all the same in the eyes of God.
We can also see the call to unity in Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!”
we are called as one to Christ, we are called as one to God, we are called to not become divided by our difference, we are called to all become one in the kingdom of God.