I heard a powerful sermon by Pastor Darrell at Madison Square Church this morning. Let me see if I can break down 30 minutes worth of wisdom into a couple of short paragraphs……
In Ephesians 2, Paul talks about how, because of what God has done for us through Jesus, we have a new life. That old life, that old way of doing things, that’s gone. We now get to live the way that God wants us to.
We want to live the way that God wants us to. But every time we walk out of the doors of the church, that old life is waiting for us. The anger, the racism, the classism, the schisms, the list could go on and on and on.
And we have to fight that. Every day we have to fight that – that’s one of the reasons that we come to church on Sundays – so we can have the strength and the power to fight the old life through the next week.
So that our dealing with our children reflect the new life and not the old life.
So that our relations with our co-workers reflect the new life and not the old life.
So that our reaction to the people walking down the street reflect the new life and not the old life.
So that our postings and linking and likings on Facebook reflect the new life and not the old life.
Say that again?
Yes, Jesus reads your newsfeed on Facebook. He reads my newsfeed on Facebook.
Is it full of racist, gender deregatory, poltically insulting ranting and raving?
Does it spend more time tearing down than building up?
Does it make the world a better place as Jesus would want? Or does it throw more mud around and misuse and mistreat others?
Every day, when we venture out into the world (also known as wake up and get out of bed), we have a choice. We can live the new life and live the life full of love, of forgiveness, of acceptance, of Jesus.
Or we can be angry and be hurt and hurt others and spread “mud” all over our world. Like the old life wants us to do.
New Life in Christ?
Or the old life that teaches hate and anger and jealousy ?
Jesus wants better for us, that’s why He died for us.
He also wants that “better” to show up on Facebook.
Thanks, Pastor Darrell.