Two thousand years ago, Paul was writing to his friends in Corinth in this church in this up and coming city that was filled with talented, ambitious, successful people, people who had come to this small town to make a name for themselves. He wanted to remind them who they were in light of what Jesus had just done overcoming death and sin and the grave. He was calling them into their new identity they were part of now in mission in a way of life that was bigger than themselves, so Paul writes to them. In 1 Corinthians, he says
In Philippians 4:4 it says: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! So, in worship, we should choose joy. We should live in joy. Paul was in trouble. Paul was in chains. Paul was facing death when he wrote these words.
Class, the word for today is “wow”, because when we experience delight or wonder or gratitude or just what a miracle it is to be alive, that's kind of the word beyond definition. "Oh, wow!" I wonder if we were all to say what the biggest wow of our lives so far has been, what it would be for you? There would be some amazing stories, I’m sure.
I'm going to provide like most weeks, an imperfect blurb. I hope you’re okay with that? I’m living proof imperfection is so fundamental to human life. The Church in fact is a place where nobody is perfect. It's a little ironic to me, when people are interviewing for a job, and they're asked, what is your biggest flaw? They very rarely actually name a flaw.
Psalm 143 is one of my favorites. I learned it before I knew it was a psalm. I only thought it was a song that the Christian acoustic group Shane & Shane sang.
It's fascinating to me, in the ministry of Jesus how often he did a searching and fearless moral inventory for people like us who weren't ready to do it for ourselves or had not yet seen the need.
My plan for lent is, how many moments of my life can I live fully aware of, fully surrendered to, fully empowered by the presence of God? That's actually God's hope for us.
I say it all the time, today is going to be the day. Today, I’m going to stop… you name it, eating out of control, worrying about everything, swearing, procrastinating, making excuses, buying stuff I don’t need, etc. etc. …
All this rain brought back some memories for me this morning. Robin and I use to
own a VW Cabriolet, Robin affectionately referred to it as “Bluebird”.
Does anybody besides me hate to wait? It can drive me crazy having to wait for something when I feel like, I don't know how long this is going to go on. We long for now, but we live in a world of not yet.