Randy's Reflections
April 11, 2018, 1:24 AM

Pastor Randy's April Reflection


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"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.
Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential;
not many were of noble birth.
But God chose the foolish things to shame the wise.”

I Corinthians 1:26-27a

 

 

 

In our study of the Sermon on the Mount we have been exploring the last verse of chapter 5, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The perfection Jesus is talking about does not mean we are to be without fault, but rather that we are to fulfill the purpose for which God has created us. Each of us is an important part of the puzzle that makes up the universe. By being and acting out our part, we help the universe be what it was created to be.

That being said, the Corinthians passage cited above reminds us that we may not be the wisest, most influential, or noblest person, but because of Christ’s call and our reception of his grace we can become the best puzzle piece ever.

So how do we move from being called to fulfilling our role? How do we become that person who fits best into the ongoing purpose of God? I think it is by becoming the disciple Jesus has called us to be.  Disciples are those, like Jesus, who are living out the greatest commandments, to love God and love our neighbor as ourself (Matthew 22:34-40).

I don’t think you can truly love God or your neighbor without knowing them. It isn’t too hard to get to know your neighbor; you can simply introduce yourself and have a conversation with them, but how do we get to know God? Since God isn’t visible, we have to depend on learning about God from others and from reading the Bible. One reason we have been doing “Words of Encouragement” during the worship service is to learn about God through others. But the other avenue through which we learn about God is the Bible. If we are to learn, however, we need to take time to read, study, and reflect on it.

I want to help you learn more about the Bible. Some may say they already know enough about the Bible, but I can attest that I have been studying it for years, and I am still learning new things every time I read it.

What book, of the 66 books of the Bible, do you want to learn more about? Please let me know. This is one reason we have Adult Education classes so we can learn about the Bible, but I would like to hear from you as to in which books you are interested in learning about. I want to help you learn more about the love God has for you and to help us both learn to love God more. I want us to become the best puzzle pieces God designed us to be.

This is one way we can move towards perfection, that is to fulfill the purpose for which we were created.

 

Growing in discipleship with you,

 

Pastor Randy