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.
September 16, 2018
Genesis 12:1-4 “I Will Be Your God and You Will Be My Child”
In the human world it is hard to replicate a covenant promise. Usually when I make a promise it comes with strings attached. When God made this promise to our faith parents Abram and Sarai, it came with no strings attached.
I drove my mother absolutely nuts. We were polar opposites. Politics, social issues, even clothing styles — we just couldn’t agree on anything. But even though I was not what my mother wanted me to be, I never once doubted her love for me.
God’s relationship expressed in the Abraham Covenant is not based on what we do. God loves us. God can do no other. This is what we call Grace. Does this covenant promise point to Jesus, the cross and the empty tomb?
Now we are inclined to say, “It can’t be that easy.” But is love ever easy? I can take advantage of God’s love, just like I take advantage of the love of family. Love is never easy. Love also begs for a response. A response that I rarely give. A response that I can choose to ignore. Love is never easy.
Is God’s love foolish? Yes! But I am glad it is foolish enough to even welcome one named Tim Stoa into God’s kingdom. I will be your God and you will be my child. Amen.