No, this is not our home. Our hope is not in this world, but in the unchanging grace of our Lord God and savior Jesus Christ. He is good (Is 44:6, Jam 1:17). He never fails us (2 Tim 2:13). He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). We are adopted into His family, and he is our father. But interestingly enough, the book of Romans speaks not only about how we belong but also that we should not get feeling too special in our own right about it. See Romans 11.
Ever heard someone say “going to hell in a handbasket”? Nope- they are not referring to a Meat Loaf album. The phrase user is typically categorizing some sort of offending group or individual as sentenced to judgement that they find to be pleasing considering that they feel they stand on the other side of things. Funny enough, this phrase is just not funny. I grew up hearing it (I am from the South, you know…) and mostly it was said after some sort of horrendous occurrence that should show our extreme need for the grace of a Savior. But, once we have the grace of our Savior, why do we feel the need to mock and judge those on the other side?
If we are to emulate Christ by speaking in truth and love…. Should one weigh heavier than the other? They called Jesus a friend of sinners… was it because they genuinely found him likeable? Or perhaps the raw truth and unfathomable love that was our Lord on this earth was so undeniable that it was life-changing. Has following Christ changed your life? Should we not want that same life-altering faith for others?
Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
We belong, and just as we find ourselves at the center of His love, we should also find ourselves inviting others to join in. Centripetal vs Centrifugal force? Not trying to get too science crazy, but the same reason why we are held in (God) should cause us to reach out (the world). Who remembers Mr. Wizard? Holla!
Eph. 4:15 No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be focused on the Kingdom of God – Spoiler alert, that was Jesus’ entire message – “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matt 4:17). My point today is, that if God the Creator of heaven and earth “So loved the world” then maybe, just maybe we should take that same approach. After all, it was worth it enough that He sent His ONLY Son to die… buying back all who put their faith in Him. Good News. Go share it!
what is "spark"?
Its a small thing - like the flash on a spark plug that hopefully ignites something bigger to propel you forward.