Community in Action February 2, 2021

What are human beings

that you are mindful of them,

mortals that you care for them?

 Yet you have made them

a little lower than God,

and crowned them

with glory and honor.

Psalm 8:4-5

    Yesterday I shared with you one of my top ten favorite verses in the Bible, Romans 8:38-39. It tells us that nothing will separate us from God’s love. I thought I might continue in the next couple of weeks with what are some of my other favorite verses. If you have a favorite verse or a couple of them please feel free to share.

    The verse above supports the fact that God not only loves us, but is our creator and God made us to partner with him in the governing of his kingdom. We are of course not God, though sometimes I think we forget that, but we are important to God and we are important to the creation around us.

    This is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is a privilege to be loved, cared for, and a trusted companion of the almighty magnificent author of this universe. It is a responsibility because what we think, say, and do effects the world around us.

    Some may chafe at the thought that we can change God’s mind or influence the world, let alone the community around us, but why would God seek our fellowship if not to be influenced by us?

    In fact from the very beginning of the first covenant with God, Abraham sought to influence God. Other characters, like Jacob, Moses, Gideon, and many of the prophets were not only proclaimers for God, but sought his compassion and mercy for the people.

    I believe Jesus came to earth to help us realign with God’s will, but I don’t think God longed for Jesus to die on the cross. Just as we grieve when a friend dies so I believe God grieved when Jesus went to his grave. Of course I also believe God rejoiced when he raised Jesus from that grave, just as we rejoice over our redemption or events which celebrate life.

    Just to realize that God trusts us in this life to make good decisions is so staggering, but if not then why would God create us and ask us to use our mind, hearts, and hands. That is what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This of course then supports the thought that our presence is one of great responsibility. We can, and will, make mistakes at how we care for ourselves, each other, and the planet. Yet, we will also in turn celebrate, and so will God, when we get it right.

    The above verse is more than just a recitation that we are created by God, but a call to mindful action as partners in this amazing world.

    You are an integral part of this creation and without your commitment and involvement this world will be a poorer place. What is one thing you can do this day which will show God’s love for this world? You may question your importance, but God created you to participate, and Team Adonai (Hebrew word for Lord) needs you.

    Seeking to glorify God in one simple act today with you,

    Pastor Randy

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