Yesterday, I preached on forgiveness. I think it's easy to preach. I think it's harder to live.
Several people came by and said they thought it was a good sermon. My standard line (which I, for the most part, did not choose to give yesterday) is "We'll see."
Because I can say it all I want. But if we don't begin to live it, all my words don't really make a difference.
And that goes doubly for me. I've had conversations today about the leadership of the church and about the qualifications for who ought to be "in front." I wish it really was as easy as "meet these requirements and you're in". But it isn't--it's more about can people see that you're reaching out for Christ, no matter how difficult that might be? Can people see that you're attempting to live faithfully, even if it means getting outside of yourself? Can people see you putting the rubber to the road and letting it make a difference?
That's more difficult to discern--both for me to discern in other people and for them to discern in me until they know me better and see me more.
I believe in Jesus Christ. And I believe in grace (God's love). And I want others to believe in Christ and in Christ's love more strongly when they walk away from our worship services. When they come to our programs. When they participate in (or are recipients of!) our service and mission.
Are you ready to show that face to the world?
This week, it started with a sermon on forgiveness. I hope it continues with the practice of forgiving and being forgiven.
Keep checking this blog for my thoughts during the week!
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