Have you ever been loved well by someone? So well that you feel confident that person will receive you and will forgive your worse crime? That’s the kind of security the soul receives from God. When the soul lives in that kind of security, it is no longer occupied with technique. We can go back and do the rituals, the spiritual disciplines, but we no longer follow them idolatrously. We don’t condemn people who don’t do it our way. All techniques, rituals and spiritual disciplines are just fingers pointing to God. God is the important thing, not the pointing fingers. -Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs
Many people have different ideas about what God wants and what it takes to get to heaven. Scripture is very clear that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love or God’s favor. Yet, many Christians live as if this were possible. Some Christians have a mental list of rules, things they don’t want to break as a way of staying holy.
This boils down to what gospel you believe in and put your hope in.
Many in our culture hold to the gospel of success. If I am more successful, then God will love me. Some hold to just trying to do good. If I am a good person, God will love me. Some hold to the gospel of happiness. If I am happy, God must love me. The list goes on and on. The point is that all of us believe in some kind of gospel, something that we believe will make us right with God and bring us happiness.
The question is, “Do we believe in the right gospel? The gospel of Jesus.” The only gospel that will make us right with God and bring us the joy and fulfillment that we seek.
Saturday, as we continue our series The Blessed Life, we will look at this idea of gospels and get to the heart of what we believe in and if that gospel will do what we hope it will do. In terms of joy (the theme of Philippians), this gets to the heart of why many people in our culture and churches are not joy filled, are miserable, unhappy and unfulfilled. If you weren’t there this past Saturday, I would encourage you to listen to the message as it sets up where we are going this week very well. You can listen to it here.
I think Saturday is going to be a powerful night because I believe it has the potential to bring the freedom, joy and fulfillment that you have always longed for. You don’t want to miss it and don’t miss the opportunity to bring someone with you and make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Come expecting to see God move and do something huge in our lives.
Remember, we meet at 5pm at 6620 E 22nd St.
See you Saturday.
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