The greatest thing about following God is the mystery. The tension between the “I don’t know” and trusting in God’s promises. For those of you who know me, you know that I am a hopeless truster in the promises. I think to myself all the time, “If God’s Word says it, I should just take the plunge and believe it.” I don’t think I am like that because I’m “super holy”; I think it’s because I want to believe the “what if?” As I read the scripture I see God’s heart for this world, His love for this world and His promises for this world. God does not pull punches, this world is broken and hurting and under the direct influence of Satan himself. And yet, as I read, there is a hope for this world and it is the Good News of Jesus Christ that is proclaimed...get this...through the church.
I know, I laugh sometimes too. “The Church??? I know you don’t make mistakes God but that might not have been your best choice.” For many people, myself included, the Church has been a source of pain and hurt as much as (or more so), it has been a source of healing. Broken people ministering to broken people is a recipe for a mess.
But what if? What if as a group of broken people we took seriously God’s promises that if we would only be obedient, His Spirit would work through us in miraculous ways. What if a group of broken people decided to fight for unity instead of fighting to be right? What if we looked to the needs of others instead of only to our own needs? What if we really saw Jesus as our example to emulate and learned to forgive, to reconcile and to love people right where they are at and then watch God transform them. That “what if” would turn into a place of miracles, a place of forgiveness, a place of restoration, a place where people could encounter God and be surrounded by others who aren’t perfect, but know what it’s like to be forgiven and if they can be forgiven, anyone can be forgiven.
That is a place where everyone would like to be. That is a place that, deep down, everyone wishes existed. That is what the Church has been called to be. The idea of obedience has been misunderstood for too long. In our society today, obedience means blindly following rules, taking all the “fun” out of life and nothing could be further from the truth. The joy of obedience comes when we understand that when we live the life that God has called us to, not only are we filled with purpose, freedom, grace, mercy, forgiveness and joy, we get to share that with a world that is begging for what God offers (even if they don’t know it).
If you are a believer, join me and let’s stop asking “what if”?” And start experiencing the reality, the freedom, the power and the joy of obedience.
Crosspoint Friends Church meets at Morningside Presbyterian Church
1201 E. Dorothy Lane
Fullerton, CA 92834-6242
Sunday @ 9:00 am