Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
December 3, 2017
In the season of Advent we hear words like, “Be Alert,” “Get Ready,” “Be Prepared.” I would like to add another, and it is part of the 12-step program. “When is the last time you took a good moral inventory?” (Step 4)
- Do we claim values are important, but not for me?
- Do we ignore Jesus’ teachings when they get in our way?
In the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they knew that to bow to the king’s statue would be idolatry. They literally stood out even when faced with death. And yet they persevered. Now, none of us are going to face death in a furnace for following Jesus, but we will get burned. We will stand out. We will be different. We cannot just blend in.
From Stephen L. Carter’s book entitled “Integrity,” let me underscore three things:
- We are called to define our values and live by them. You cannot cop out and say “do as I say, not as I do.”
- When we live by Jesus’ teachings we will risk being different.
- We are always in the process of discernment. How many things have changed over the years?
So this Advent as we get ready for another celebration of the birth of God in Jesus, can we take time to look at who we are? Can we see just how much we need God’s gift of grace and respond in a life of gratitude where God’s kingdom is the focus? Amen.