It’s April and the cold is (finally) giving way to warmth. We open our windows to let in sunlight and fresh air because it makes a home ‘feel’ fresh and new in some way – the way I want my body, my mind & soul to feel! This week, driving home from work, the lyrics “Open up let the light in” deeply resonated in my spirit over and over as I listened to a favorite worship album. We have so many windows and so many doors in our lives to be opened to the Spirit of the Living Christ! All these years with Christ and I still find more! 2 Cor. 4:6 says: “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” I invite you to go bravely with me. I want to let the Light of Christ, and fresh wind of the Holy Spirit go freely through the rooms of my heart; to give unrestrained, unguarded permission for God to move around and bring light and life to ALL the nooks and crannies. Amen to THAT!
“Everyone who comes to me and hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a man who built his house on a rock.” Each of the two places where we find this illustration is the conclusion of a sermon. If you look into Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49, you can read what “these words” are, which, if we obey, will equip us to withstand life’s storms. Given the importance, we should read them carefully and often, don’t you think? Forgive. Don’t judge. Love your enemy. Give when asked. Don’t be anxious. Interestingly, there is not an apparent natural connection between doing these things and weathering hardship. Unlike, say, “put aside money in a good investment account” or “be careful whom you marry.” So obeying them requires some faith. Jesus’ analogy suggests consistent work for the sake of long-term security in the face of inevitable calamity.