You don’t have to tell me to talk to you about my iPad — I really like it and it’s added a lot to my life. Sure it’s only a piece of technology and sure I only have the 1st generation model — but if you give me any kind of “in” or express the least bit of interest, I will talk for awhile about it and my guess is if you don’t want one after that, you will at least have a great appreciation for it. I could probably say the same thing about my Honda or my TiVo. I could talk with you about my Brooklyn Nets, Carrabbas restaurants or Chic-Fil-a. The bottom line is if you love something, you talk about it. No one has to guilt you into it, no one has to offer to pay you for it — it just comes naturally.
We are currently in our “Everyday Sunday” series working our way through the book of James. I was struck by James’ motivation for staying the course when we face trials — he says, if you let “steadfastness” have its full effect you will be complete, mature, and lacking in nothing. This made me think through how few Christians really get to that point of true spiritual maturity and maybe this passage gives us some insight into why? Could it be that many of us short-circuit the work of God? Do we seek escape rather than letting the intended goal for our challenges be accomplished? Here’s one I’ve noticed in my life: do I tend to spend the majority of my energy when facing a difficultly on how to get out of it, rather than growing in the areas God is calling me to grow? You see I think our focal point in the midst of our difficulties is solving them, getting out of them, or at least getting some relief. However, what if we devoted at least equal energy to seeking God’s wisdom, to surrendering areas that need to be surrendered, to growing in our trust and commitment to God’s way?
Here’s the video we showed on Sunday of two (three) great people who are now part of Grace!
You’ve got to see this, it’s a great drama and then our own Will Lopes doing his imitation of Meatloaf with our own version of the classic song — written by our team. Check this out — through the laughter, I think the message will become clear…
Yesterday we began our new series studying through the book of Jonah. From all we can gather from Jonah, he was actually a guy who followed God and served faithfully as a prophet. However, it was the one time God called him to something contrary to his comfort/willingness that he’s become known for. In his defense, the Ninevehites were brutal, wicked people who caused much harm to Jonah’s people. They were feared and they were pure evil. God’s call to Jonah was a challenging one to say the least. But what really challenged me from the sermon yesterday is the question: “am I saying yes to God in all areas of my life except one and is one ‘no’ an act of rebellion?”