It sounds like God has already given us our inheritance -- his kingdom. That should make us feel so rich that we can sell our possessions and give to the needy -- like good "Democrats." We should not resent Jesus' suggestion that we are given wealth so we can share with those who have none. It is not just so we can buy yachts and big houses! God has allowed us be rich for a purpose. Some have and some don't, so those who have must share. Don't just gripe and tell God how hard you have worked for the money you have!
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.