This All Saints Day, we are reminded of the work God is already doing in the world, and the end to which God is already working. As we remember the saints, we don’t celebrate their selfishness, or their tribalism – we remember their call to see our lives as part of something much greater, as part of God’s created. May we remember the saints, and be reminded of God’s eternal glory, that we may serve as the next generation of saints, sharing in the work of God’s grander vision for all of creation.
Mary McLeod Bethune had a dream of getting rid of the differences that divide us, a vision that was centered in God’s authority for the beloved creation. Stewardship is about responding to such a vision with the gifts and resources God has placed in our lives, to ensure every person knows the great love of God in Jesus Christ.
Many will claim that spirituality is deeply personal, but the Biblical claim is that faithful spirituality is most authentic when shared in the body of Christ.
We tend to act, talk, and think in ways that acquiesce to societal pressures and norms. Yet, God calls us to get past the false pretenses and live in to our grace-given gifts. It takes intentional work to be authentic, but that is Paul’s teaching on living faithfully.
Jesus is God’s material gift to humanity even still today. What if we used this giving model for our giving to others at Christmas?
Beloved, we are children of God. Let us claim the identity we have been given, and faithfully commit to follow in the footsteps of the saints who have shown us the way to live as God’s beloved.
Into a world that keep trying to escape the frailty of the human body, God chooses to send Jesus in the form of the human body. As such an incarnate being, Jesus becomes the model for the church.
Paul says that those who are in Christ Jesus have no condemnation. What does he mean? Who are they that are in Christ Jesus? How is it they have no condemnation? John Wesley explains in his sermon, “The First Fruits of the Spirit.”