I've known few ministers and even fewer churches that join Paul in the emphasis he
stressed in this text. Have you met many who eagerly seek Christ's resurrection power? I
know some that want to have a strong influence in their communities. I know others that
love to display their oratorical skills and their divinity degrees. Others like to brag about
their organists, choirs, and praise teams.
None of that meant anything to Paul. He would have quickly jettisoned the "gifts
extraordinaire" in which most of us like to glory. He understood that all of the above will
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.