How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?
1 Timothy 1:3-7 gives us insight into the disciple Timothy’s life. As “mentor,” Paul has carefully sent written instruction. Paul urges young Timothy to “mature” in Christ. Paul boils this message down to one simple concept: love. Not just love, but “love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith.” Have you considered what “love” really looks like? Is your love contaminated by self-interest…preconceived ideas…or bias that has been clinging onto your life for some time? Paul asks that we remain “open” to God in order that we might “reconsider” what love really looks like. I love how successful businessman, Christian speaker and author Zig Ziglar puts it. Sometime (he says) we need “a checkup from the neck up.” Maybe instead the neck…we need “a new start from the heart.”
Yesterday (Saturday) we at Central Church experienced a great community outreach in the Music Fest 2010! There was food, games, and music…but most of all, there was worship! The apostle Paul gave us some insight when he instructed us to “reach people in any possible way.” Let’s not miss opportunities that may seem “obscure” and look for “any way possible” to share the love of Christ with others!
One of the things I enjoy in life is nature! Last night I sat on my deck with my family and we enjoyed seeing the deer come out from the woods. Then God gave us an unbelievable sunset to enjoy. The scripture says we are to look into the heavens for “evidence” of Him. I think we saw His presence last night as we viewed His handiwork!
Jean Pierre de Caussade says, “that each moment of our lives can be a sacrament, a vehicle for God’s love and power. The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, BUT you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love….to discover God in the smallest and most ordinary things, as well as in the greatest, is to possess a rare and sublime faith.”
Mercy Me sings the song, “I Can Only Imagine.” “I can only imagine, what it will be like…I can only imagine what my eyes will see, when your face is before me. Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel….will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall….will I sing hallelujah or be able to speak at all…I can only imagine!”
Maybe it’s time for you to contemplate what it might be like…can you imagine?