Pastor Dave Sarsons
June 18, 2018
SERMON: June 17th, 2018 “Ambassadors – Christ in the Public Square” Part II
1 Peter 4:7-10 “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen..”
We need to first seek God before all things – through His Word and through prayer. God calls us to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14). Our mindset can either believe that everything is a miracle or nothing is. Our mindset must be that of living faithfully because living fearfully in the world is where the enemy wants us to be. The enemy is one of disorder but God is order within this world of disorder; the enemy tries to make us think in terms of scarcity and that there is not enough resources for everyone and then we fear loss and be greedy for more of what we can gain which leads us to a survival of the fittest mentality. But living faithfully is trusting God that there is enough for everyone and the world is full of possibilities for us to seek His kingdom first and to improve His world and see the good in others.
Reverend Cranch wrote in “Clergy Talk” this week: Expectations:
A young man was expressing how he felt about God and the church. Why is that God cannot make life better, safer and more enjoyable? Why does God not stop suffering, correct the injustices of this world, and let all lead peaceful, prosperous lives? For this young man, God has failed to live up to his expectations. When God does not fulfill these very valid expectations, then He is rejected. The trick here is that God has given us all the necessary tools to have a safe, peaceable existence, with food and work enough for all. There is that one stopping point: it requires mankind to pull together, to work out an equitable distribution of the world’s treasures, to ensure that no one does without. To this latter point, mankind has failed utterly. Wars continue, famine ravages people and disaster relief is sporadic and often too late, despite ample warnings. Jesus died on the cross one Good Friday long ago. He took all our sins, our pain, our suffering, the injustices of this world unto Himself. The Cross of Christ invites us to take a deep look at who God really is and what God has done and is doing each and every day of our lives for us, God’s people.