Posts Tagged ‘Unexpected’

loveJust like military leaders in combat, spiritual leaders must know and accept their mission. This is difficult because we tend to focus on “secondary missions,” which are usually more tangible. Secondary missions are important things like running a business, serving in church, loving your family, or leading a small group. The danger is that secondary missions can become idolatry when not kept in proper relationship to the primary mission: loving God and loving our neighbor. When the mission is properly understood, spiritual leaders give themselves to God in all things – the business, the church, the family, the small group, or any other noble endeavor.

[Reflect on how Joanna, the wife of Chuza, may have understood the mission. What secondary missions could she have had?]

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Reflection #2: Every situation has a spiritual reality.

 

As Christians, we understand there is a spiritual realm that surrounds us just like the physical environment we observe with our senses. Spiritual moments go beyond the “God moments” that we encounter while reading the Bible, praying, engaging in spiritual conversations, or attending a small group. Spiritual moments happen in business meetings and breakfast meetings, working in the yard, at the movies, family gatherings, while shopping or reading, on the shop floor, hospital, school, or heath club, during vacations, job interviews, or ball games.

[Challenge: As we acknowledge the spiritual reality, we have to be careful and avoid extremes. If we overemphasize the spiritual reality, it can lead to spiritual illusions; if we ignore the spiritual reality, it can lead to spiritual apathy.]

 

 A few days ago I spilled my coffee cup on my desk and remembered a good life lesson: that to clean up life-messes we must lift everything up.

Once upon a time there was a little tree that took root on the side of a big mountain. As the little tree was growing, the wind and the rain kept shaking him, making him extremely tired. Because he was fighting the weather all the time, he had little time for himself. One day, the tree remembered that when he was smaller the wind and rain did not shake him so much. So he sought council from Wise Owl, who said “maybe you’ve overextended yourself; you should cut back a little.” Pleased with the advice, the little tree trimmed his roots… and felt lighter… for a while.

IMG_4224The church in the first century (like today’s church) faced many kinds of circumstances.  In the book of Acts, we see the believers started out with wonderful times of friendship and harmony (Acts 2:42-47) but these times were followed by times of trouble (Acts 5).  Fortunately, the troubles did not define them and then entered a period of great adventures.

The Early Church (.mp3)

Listen to the entire sermon to hear how God moved his church through

  • Times of obvious blessings
  • Times of hidden blessings, and
  • Times of unexpected blessings