Shalom,

There are numerous things in our lives that are very important to us; however, those are the things we must be careful to “hold lightly.” Ephesians 4:7 tells us: But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is a measure of Christ’s gift. Holding lightly to all that is important in our lives means remembering that we are not what we obtain, and we achieve as much as we have received. The question then comes what do we do with what we have received?

Paul also reminds us in Ephesians 4:13 that it is in the unity of faith where we gain the most of what we need: 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. The genuine joys come not from the money we earn, or the friends we encircle ourselves with, or the outcomes we achieve. Instead we are who God made us to be in his unlimited love. In other words we are the gifts we are given, not just the conquests we make.

Paul in his wisdom tells us that if we can reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of Christ we will become mature and not so un-decisive in life as he writes in Ephesians 4:14-16 14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. As long as we keep running around, apprehensively trying to affirm ourselves, or being affirmed by others, we remain blind to the One who loved us first, who dwells in our hearts, and who formed our truest self in the womb.

Let us look to Christ who gave it all to pay the price for us to join us to himself to conquer our sin.

Often times we become so self absorbed in what we want, along with what we want for those closest to us, in all of this we miss the needs of others outside of our sponge. Yet I believe these disturbances are windows to what God is calling us to become in his kingdom. Christ ran into many of what I would call disturbances in humanity and called on those who were following him to help with them, not shush them or shoo them away. Christ asked his disciples to teach and heal just as the example Christ himself had modeled. There are to many places in the world today where people are shushed shunned and made to feel less then fully human, yet the church is the one place where we are to love, accept, and teach God’s goodness and grace.

Today and tomorrow let us be grateful for the supreme gift of faith granted by the Father through his Son Jesus Christ with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit now and forever as, people; Seeking God’s purpose, offering God’s love, nurturing God’s world, the White Cloud United Methodist Church.

 

Peace and grace

Pastor Ed