Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
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When we focus on the unmerited, unwarranted, even unexpected grace of God, that does not mean that we are unconcerned about our own response to that grace.
What evidence is there in our lives that we have in fact been changed by God’s grace and mercy. What has this graciousness produced?
Jesus said his followers would be known by their love. This, more than anything, is what Christians need to be known for. Families need this love. Victims need this love. Perpetrators need this love. Children need this love. The Gospel moves us to love when all that is left is hate.
So, what we do in worship each Sunday is so important. In Word and sacrament, we are claimed, forgiven and sent out in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Questions to ponder or discuss:
1) How can the church reach more people with the good news of God’s love?
2) What is the difference between attending church and being the church?
3) How does being a part of the Church impact your life?
What will the world learn about the church this week from you? As you go about your daily activities, look for opportunities to be the church by sharing the love of Jesus in word and deed.
See you in church!