For far too long many people have seen the church as a type of “social club.” A place that people gathered together in order to “network”, to make business contacts, social contacts, and fulfill some kind of “obligation” we might feel to our parents, grandparents, society, or even God! Yet; I share with you that in my opinion, God does not desire our “obligation”, God desires that we WANT to be disciples! That we WANT to be transformed by the power and the love of God! That we WANT to draw closer to God in deep and powerful ways.
In order for our community of faith to have a deeper and more powerful presence in the world around us, we need to allow ourselves to literally be “transformed” by the love of God.
What does that look like? It looks like people who place God and faith at a higher priority in their lives than they currently occupy. Not that we need perfect church attendance, but that our church attendance takes priority over some of the other offerings that the world affords us. It means that Monday through Saturday, we honestly attempt to allow God to be seen in our daily living. To bear witness to the many places through our common, ordinary lives in which God is being revealed. From the woman at the local gas station spreading “rock salt” on the pavement so that we don’t slip and fall, to the fire people willing to risk their lives by running into a burning building to save lives. In all these places and in all these ways; God is revealed through the lives of God’s children on earth.
In order for us to be truly “transformed” in the light of God, we must be willing to give up some of the control in our lives and allow God’s voice and God’s actions to help inform our daily living. When we truly KNOW and allow ourselves to FEEL and EXPERIENCE the power of God’s love there is just no way that we can be the same from that moment forward. And this is truly the point.
In the season leading out of Epiphany and leading to Easter stands the season of Lent. The great question of Lent is “what will we do with God’s revelations and God’s power once we realize where those events lead us (to the anger of society, the trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus, but also to the empty tomb)?
Transformation! Each of you has been told by God “You are my child!” This means that you and I share along, with Jesus, a mission to share in God’s desire in this world to deliver a word of justice and mercy. This means that you and I are invited into a ministry that shares a word of forgiveness and a place of “sanctuary” for those who need a respite. This means that all of us get the opportunity to share a word of “hope” and “peace” in a world that attempts to “divide” and “conquer.” Most of all it means that the Creator of the Cosmos desires that we join in sharing LOVE.
During this wonderful season of Lent may each of us intentionally choose to allow our God to continue to “Transform” our lives into the beautiful creation we were each meant to be.
Peace and blessings.