Get up and follow
We are a listening people
I want to share two thoughts this week….both related.
In Matthew 9:9 Jesus calls Matthew to follow him. The text says that Matthew “got up” and followed. The Greek root of “got up” is the same as for “resurrection”. If you like, when Matthew “gets up” he steps into resurrection life.
The din undoes us
So one of the highlights of my week is a small discipleship group I’m involved in. I love the opportunity to go deeper in God’s Word with a bunch of people who are all committed to wanting to grow in their faith.
This week we were thinking about how we receive God’s Word.
Sitting in the prayer room this past weekend, God stepped on my toes.
He sometimes does that when He needs to get our attention.
Step on our toes.
The gospel…the good news…in two words.
Two transformative words.
The Resurrection is for you
Paul tells us in Romans 8:29 that God is at work in us, “conforming us to the image of His Son.”
Put another way, God is at work, to make us more like Jesus.
Take that in a moment….and remind yourself of the story of Scripture.
Simon of Cyrene
Last Sunday we celebrated the resurrection.
The empty tomb.
The defeat of death.
The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart
Indulge me. And join me in some creative pondering.
Let’s go back to the day of Jesus’ execution.
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon …
I am the Resurrection and the Life
The bible declares that “the heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9).
The heart is fickle.
A Subversive Meal
Yesterday I stood by a grave watching the coffin of a friend’s father be lowered in.
The body inside…lifeless…dead. A shell.
I was struck this morning, by how subversive a meal can be.
Let me explain…
As the gospel accounts unpack their story, we read about Jesus’ steady, onward progression towards Jerusalem.
The Jesus Way
An active looking.
A dwelling upon and taking in.
A gazing upon.
A few weeks ago, in our series on Amos, we tried to get honest.
We wondered together about what stops us from being people who pursue justice.