I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1 I remember as a child all of the preparations that were made for Sunday morning. Church was a safe enjoyable place. Today, for me it’s still a safe enjoyable place. Yet for some it is anything but safe, anything but enjoyable. Perhaps what we need is a new definition for church. Some have said that church is the people but I believe that it goes a bit deeper. I think church is the relationships we have with one another. The relationships in which we honor God by how we love, care and encourage one another in faith. Any place or situation where this is happening, no walls are necessary.
Matthew 18:20 …where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Gen. 8:22) There is always someone to be fed, someone to be clothed and someone to be comforted. Through us, God provides abundantly. Our blessings and gifts great and small are intended to be shared. Find someone to share them with everyday and God’s Love is continually released in the world.
If everything we do is done for God. there is no such thing as part-time.
1 John 3:16-24 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the worlds goods, and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
1 Peter 4:10-11 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Christ and his Church is really what it’s all about. Christ is the head and we are his body of believers. The relationship we have with one another should reflect the relationship Christ has with his Church. Within each other we should strive to see Christ. While at the same time, within one another we should strive to see a valued part of Christ’s body. We are both anointed to lead and redeemed to serve. No matter who we are, where we’ve come from, or where we believe our selves to be going, it doesn’t get much simpler than that. In honor of Shrove Tuesday, shrive one another and value our relationships, the way that Christ values us.
Philippians 3:1-11 …I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death…
Shrove – past tense of shrive
Shrive – To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent). To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.