We do not have necessarily, personally, to do anything grandiose in our faith life but we can each do a part which collectively, together, we can be a part of turning this world around.
At the cross Jesus said “it is finished”. He did not say “I am finished”
Right now He is proclaiming that His bride, the church, has not completed her assignment.
It is done when He says so and right now He is not yet done.
Just as at the wedding feast He changed water into wine.
That left the best until last.
Now is the time for the best, new wine and we are those to be part of that.
Jesus will only return when He has a Spotless bride.
“so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”
God chose Jesus, His only son as His best offering for us.
Jesus chooses His best church to become His best kingdom.
In such a time it is even more essential to make good choices and encourage those around us too.
Now more than ever we recognise God is never to blame for outcomes.
The Holy Spirit prompts us to know and to make good choices.
Now is the time to fine tune.
“Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”
The way we think is a reflection of what is in our hearts.
Life experiences teach us but even more so Jesus enables us to make the right choices.
We reflect what He says and does.
Just in the way that He told Nis disciples that He did nothing that He didn’t see His Father do.
It is either God or self in leadership, we have to choose who and the Holy Spirit always helps us.
Choices have consequences.
Right choices lead to right consequences.
God chose us, each one of us to play our part.
We choosing Him puts us on the solid rock foundation to be able to withstand in the storms but along the way He will be pruning out the waste, worst, and even the fruitful to make it more abundantly good.
When we go astray, as we will, even then we can choose to turn around by repenting and choosing again.
Nothing is wasted.
When we match God in Love, Goodness, generosity, forgiveness.
He will never be out done.
His grace and mercy means it will be returned more so and overflowing in our lives.
Great consequences for good choices.
Lacking in forgiveness or being judgemental the bible says, so we heap the same on ourselves.
Bad choices for bad consequences.
“God so loved the world He gave His only son that we might not perish.”
We so love Jesus that we die to ourselves pick up our cross and become His body and bride in His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
The illustration shows a God who loves the world.
God holding us all together.
Holding us close always.
His embrace reveals the light and casts aside the darkness.
Two scriptures that come to mind:
“Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”John 14:23 TPT
“ For he died for us, sacrificing himself to make us holy and pure, cleansing us through the showering of the pure water of the Word of God. All that he does in us is designed to make us a mature church for his pleasure, until we become a source of praise to him—glorious and radiant, beautiful and holy, without fault or flaw.”Ephesians 5:25-27 TPT
The song. Together. Chris Tomlin