This weekend I’m preaching on Luke 24:36b-48 and I didn’t intend to. I thought I would preach on 1 John but something kept calling me back to this passage of doubt and the disciples. How they were scared and unsure when Jesus arrived. How Jesus brought peace. How he was patient with them in their uncertainty. How he didn’t give up on them. It spoke to me.
Jesus offered the disciples a tactile experience. He allowed them to touch, to feel him. He showed them how alive he was by eating and just being with them. He calmed the chaos in simple ways. He just was with them and brought them peace. This was his way of connecting to them after the resurrection. It is so simple yet beautiful.
There’s so much we could learn from this. He calmed the chaos by offering peace and just being there. As the church in transition we are living in a state of anxiety. Anxious about what we should do, how we should act and what we are doing wrong, we find ourselves flailing looking for answers. What we need to do is surrender control to God and just be. We should be witnessing to the moments of grace that God has shown us. We should be sharing the power of God in our own lives as individuals.
In our anxiety is feels like we’re trying to plan our way out of this mess. We hope that with a powerpoint projector or some kind of fancy program people will see Jesus. We believe if we find the next best thing they’ll realize the importance of Church. Those things are great but they aren’t how Jesus did things. If we look at Jesus’ example, he ministered through relationship. Everything he did was about people and he didn’t have an agenda. It was never about growing a church or keep one open. He ministered and shared God’s love because he loved people and wanted them to know there was nothing God wouldn’t do to get into relationship with them.
That’s the best part of the Christian message isn’t it? There’s nothing God wouldn’t do to get into relationship with you. God loves us so much that he would die so that we could always be with him. This kind of love is so incredible. It’s so powerful. It’s our story to tell and we should tell it.
We are witnesses to this great love. We should share our individual stories of grace and the power of God in our lives. If we let go of our anxiety and started to just share the story we would find ourselves in the communities in which we live. We would meet people and discover who they are. We would find out what the needs of the community were and we could begin to meet them. There would be a sharing of lives, our stories and love would flow abundantly. With no agenda beyond living the message of grace and love in the world, great things might happen.
It could be incredible if we just let go and lived.
It could be incredible if we just let go and trusted God.
Do you think it’s possible for us to ever let go and truly trust God?