It's Not About Us

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Would you agree with me that most of us in our culture have been trained to think that we come to church in the expectation that we are going to receive help in our daily lives? We come to church to receive tools that make our life more fulfilling and livable. Thus, church is mostly about us—what we are to do and what we are to be. Religion is a human activity, a human practice.

But what if we have this all wrong? What if what happens at church is not so much about what we do, but rather what God does in us? What if Church is that rare moment in the week when our gaze is wrenched off projects and ourselves and focused upon who God is and what God is doing?

You will note that this week’s text Luke 21: 25-36  is apocalyptic and in many ways frightening to the ear.  In verses 32 and 33 Jesus says ,” …these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words will not wear out.”  In effect Jesus is saying, I have got your back, on the other side of the tough days, I will be there for you. In reality, the text is a testament to God’s identity and God’s activity.

So I say sorry to all the narcissists and the self-infatuated. It’s not about us. Thanks be to God!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David Jensen

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