Three Thoughts from an Impatient Soul
February 25, 2023
"... until I proclaim your might to another generation,your power to all those to come..."
" O God, from my youth you have taught me,and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.So even to old age and gray hairs,O God, do not forsake me,until I proclaim your might to another generation,your power to all those to come.Your righteousness, O God,reaches the high heavens.You who have done great things,O God, who is like you?You who have made me see many troubles and calamitieswill revive me again;from the depths of the earthyou will bring me up again.You will increase my greatnessand comfort me again."(Psalm 71:17-21 ESV)
The Color of Love
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
This verse colors everything. It defines a perspective and provides a lens for viewing a reality that is God's and that God calls us to use as our own.
It is the first verse we learned as children and the one that remains dearest to our hearts. It is the gospel in a verse. It is so familiar that it is tempting to treat it as trite.
It is a glimpse into the very heart of God and it deeply informs our understanding of His purposes and ways.
We were taught to insert our names in place of “the world.” This morning, I would encourage you to insert your neighbors’ names as well as your own.
Any Christian worldview must acknowledge how God sees lost, wandering, hopeless, and bitter humanity. They are the objects of His relentless and unfailing love. The extent to which He will go to redeem is shown in the life and death of Jesus. If you and I have been invited to join Him in His work and vision, it must include such love of those who are called “the lost.”
We cannot pass it off as theoretical or poetic.
God’s love is gutsy, giving, and gregarious. His call is to share His love with the open invitation to all to receive and believe. Visualize an individual, family, or neighborhood where people live. See the faces and view them through the eyes of Jesus. Imagine their lives changed by His liberating love and grace. Ask God what part you play in actively and sacrificially loving them.
If we say that we desire the very heart of God to beat within us, we must love people who have been wounded and broken on the wheel of life as James Thurber described it. If we would be holy and consecrated people, we must filter our judgments and choices through that love. If we have any hope of becoming Christ-like, it will be as this love flows through us.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."