“Here’s a message you probably won’t hear at church this morning–if in following Jesus you don’t become a fierce humanitarian, you probably aren’t following Jesus. In fact, when we fully awaken to Grace, our eyes become fixed not on religious “Christian” activities purposed on spiritual navel-gazing and pleasing a requiring god, but on looking into the eyes of people, gazing into their divine worth and dignity, and unconditionally affirming their life. True praise and worship of Jesus will not be found in the songs we sing, the Bible we read, the prayers we exhale, nor the squelching of our sins. Rather, it will be revealed when we trust God enough to turn our focus away from pursuing heaven as Jesus points our attention to manifesting it upon the earth–loving and serving all He has created, of which nothing has He not redeemed and made whole, sacred, and worthy in His sight. Grace is brave. Be brave.”
“Jesus receives our hatred and does not return it. He suffers and does not make the other suffer. He does not first look at changing others, but pays the price of change within himself. He absorbs the mystery of human sin rather than passing it on. He does not use his suffering and death as power over others to punish them, but as power for others to transform them.”
Trying to love. Meeting half way. The work of love. I thought this was an important sermon given by James Finley. Just ran across it randomly and of course we all know that nothing is random in this Universe. Hope you get something out of it. Happy Holidays.