Kindergarten cop was a great movie.
I don’t know if you feel like that on Sunday when the preacher gets up and begins to talk about the Bible, and it’s my hope that you don’t while choosing to worship with us at LCC. Sometimes when we read the Bible we can read it as a list of things that we’re not supposed to do because it makes God mad or upset with us. We can end up living a double spiritual life, where, on one hand, we accept things like:
John 3:16New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
But then act as if God is ready to give up on us the moment that we mess up and fail. This past Sunday I preached a sermon titled: “Stuck in the Desert, finding a better way to wait”. Check it out on the LCC website, I promise you’ll be encouraged by it. One of the truths we talked about from scripture that I see happening over and over again is God’s extreme patience with us, his people.
Check this out:
2 Peter 3:8-8
8But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
God is much more patient than we can sometimes give him credit for. What if God has bigger dreams for you than you have for yourself? What if God’s desire for you is to make the biggest impact for the Kingdom of God, in the place that you’re in right now. I hear in ministry all the time from folks that express a desire to “go deep”, let me show you a picture of the deepest hole in the earth:
That’s the cap on a hole in Russia, the Kola Superdeep borehole that goes 40,230 feet in the earth. Super deep, but super narrow. We sometimes try to add more things onto our lives and schedule to feel more spiritual, but what if the very narrow normal of life is exactly where God has placed your ministry?
Hebrews 12:11-13 says this:
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[a] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
I titled this blog “you matter” because the Church works when we take Scripture seriously and do what it says, not as individuals but as individuals acting as one. Your “personal relationship with Jesus,” was meant to be carried out in community. When the author of Hebrews says “strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees, make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled but rather healed” he’s telling us to live life in such a way that you cause others to want to know Christ. Are you that kind of person in your workplace? In your home? Interacting with strangers in the community?
I encourage you this week, to not limit God with what he can do in the context of your life. Whether you feel like you’re in a “rut” or you feel like your situation is unredeemable, you matter in the Kingdom of God. Take that perspective with you this week as you interact with the world.