A Month of Sundays

 

FROM PASTOR MARK

We preached about the sanctity of life for a month of Sundays… When we first decided to expand the sacredness of life message from one Sunday to four, we soon realized we were biting off a chunk! I worried that the topic might get old or wear on people’s nerves. Four messages reminding people that all lives- those of the unborn, the elderly, the “unwanted,” and the “other” (whoever “they” are to you) are all sacred and valuable in the sight of God, and therefore need to be valued by us as well. Balancing the message of how wrong abortion is with the truth of God’s grace. But when I heard Duke McCaffrey’s magnificent message this morning, I realized that a month of Sundays is needed for such an important message, and besides, fifty-four million lives demand that we tell their story!* Hearing the story of his grandmother, Oxona and how she survived two Nazi death camps. Hearing the story of how his daughter’s life was saved. We needed those stories. If you missed it or need to hear it again, please go to our website or the Wakemans Grove app.

I think too we needed reminded that any time we fail to trust God and instead push for our own agenda, someone will suffer. This is driven by either pride (I want it my way) or fear (I must protect myself). Then we begin to manipulate and control others to suit our perceived needs. We make others less that we might appear to be more. We sacrifice those we deem expendable. Thanks to Duke, we have a vivid picture of how this can end…

So, what does God have to say to our pride and our fear? Why should we choose to trust Him instead of our own agendas? To our pride, Jesus says simply, “…apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The sooner we learn this the better! To our fears, He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3), and, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). And to extinguish both our pride and our fears He says in Matthew 6, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” Jesus is saying in effect, “Trust Me, I got this!” Oh, that we would listen! Then instead of pushing others beneath ourselves, we would grab their hands and accompany them home to the Father where we will celebrate our homecoming forever!

One more thought about trusting God vs. our own agendas. As we consider where we go from here as a church, let us avoid the temptation to campaign for our own ideas and opinions, and instead seek the Lord for His leading. Let us look for the Spirit to build consensus among us before we make decisions. He will if we ask Him! Amen?

* This is the number of aborted babies since its legalization in the US in 1973.