Outsider Point of View

This is Earth and the moon as seen through Saturn’s rings. It is a stunning photo which was recently taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it makes its final laps around the gas giant before it end its mission.  I love this photo because somewhere in the pale blue light are you and I us looking back.  Some astronomers take the opinion that this shows just how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.  If you carry the thinking out to its logical conclusion, life is relatively meaningless in light of scale of the universe and the tiny plot of land we exist in.

I tend to look at it from a different perspective.  It  occurred to me that we could not ponder the massive scale of the universe and the relative smallness of our planet without having an outsider perspective, something to beam back the photo.  In order to make the observations, we had to have something send us the data to make the conclusions. The Cassini spacecraft was made to send back the images to show us the mystery.  We could not know the magnitude of our own solar system without that outsider perspective.

You see that is how I look at Jesus.  We on our own could not fathom God or grasp His grace and love towards us on our own.  While our faulty observations could give us an idea, we could not begin to understand the enormity of God or observe what He is like.  Jesus gives us that outsider perspective.  He shows us what God is like.  God is like Jesus.  He takes the image of all who God is and beams it to us in the person of Christ.

Success

What if I told you that on Sunday we had nearly 10 times more people than Scripture says it is necessary for Jesus to show up?   Is that success to you?

Here is what I have discovered in Scripture about what God considers success.

  1. The saving gospel is preached
  2. The gospel is experienced in the observance of the Lord’s supper.
  3. God is worshiped in Spirit and in Truth
  4. People give of their time, talent and treasure in service to God and His Church
  5. The people loved each other and welcomed the stranger

Yeah, we are “successful” in the eyes of God.

Cracked, Chipped and Wholly Loved

Thanks to Cindy for sharing her insights.  Enjoy.

So, I was studying Psalm 100:3 this morning and wanted to share with you what struck me as I did.  Have you ever stopped to think of what it means that God made you?  He made you but not like he poured you into a mold, popped you out the other side and sent you on your way.  Not like that at all.  He crafted you, fashioned you, created you from nothing.  He has touched every piece that makes you, every part of your body, your mind, your personality.  He sculpted you, formed you.  All of the parts of you that you may see as flaws he has given to you and he calls them beautiful.  He has touched those flaws, know them and loves them and wants you draw closer to him in them.  All of the parts of you that you see as less than perfect he has lovingly blessed you with.  You are a one of a kind piece of God created sculpture.  This world may have weathered and worn it and sin may have cracked and chipped it, but the Great Artist has made you to always be his masterpiece.  What an amazing God we have, He fashioned every human this way whether they know it or not.  We, each of us, are His great work.

What’s your church like?

What’s your church like?

This seems like an easy question to answer and yet I always complicate the answer by trying to sound either too dismissive or too spiritual.  “It’s a small church….” or “It’s a place where we connect people with Jesus and each other.”  While both of these statements are true, I think they both miss answering the question.

What is your church LIKE?

My church is like a family dinner.  An unpretentious home-cooked meal with people who love each other, where there is always room at the table for more.  It is a family of people who are diverse in their theology, politics and personalities but who do not allow those things to become roadblocks to connecting with Jesus and each other.  We have crazy “uncles”, shy introverts, obnoxious extroverts and everyone in between.  We are the “Cheers” of churches, where everyone does know your name.

This is what we are like.