Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Always Pointing

Why does God love us?  Not because of our goodness.  Not because of our kindness.  Not because of our faith.  God loves us because of his goodness, his kindness, and his great faith.

We are totally in debt to God. We are simply captured by his love and end up reflecting his love to the world.  We always love imperfectly.  We often fail.  Because of that, we POINT to Jesus.

Our preacher on Sunday was Nate Bendorf.  Nate is our church's youth ministry director and is preparing to be a pastor as a seminarian.  His sermon was based on John 1:1-18 and Ephesians 1:3-14.  You can listen to Nate's sermon by clicking here.
Because of Jesus we know this:
God's love does not depend on who you are.
God's love does not depend on what you are.
God's love does not depend on what you do.

When I wobble, God's love is steady.
When my faith is flabby, God's love is firm.
When I can't decide, God's love does not change.
We only know that because of Jesus.  So, we are always pointing to Jesus.  Only in Jesus can we truly know God.

One key verse from Nate's sermon is this one:
No one has ever seen God.  It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made God known. (John 1:18)
Pointing to Jesus is always the first and last thing we do. Anything that contributes to that is welcome. Anything that takes us away from that "pointing" needs to be put aside. 


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