From this Sunday there are some words I would like to share from my sermon...
Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-11 (The Ascension of Christ)
Sermon: "Why Are You Standing Around?"
We aren't to be looking upward...We're to be looking forward. To be looking at the world around us, at the mission God has given us!
We have not been called to be followers of Jesus in order to stand around, sing songs, put on fancy clothes, or even to be nice. No, we have been bought with a price, redeemed, and called into the mission of God, bringing new life through Christ to all the world around us: Yes, in these walls, but also in our homes, at work, in our neighborhoods, at school, with our friends, with our family.
The Ascension reminds us that Jesus isn't here: BUT WE ARE!!! WE ARE!!!
Brothers and Sisters, we are called to be Jesus to a hurting a broken world. We are called to love with our words, our actions, and all that we have. The Body of Christ was not meant to stand around. It was meant to get busy.
Here we are. Here we remain. And, here, we are are called. Amen.