If you haven't read pt. 1 or pt. 2, scroll down on the blog and you'll find them.
Some time ago our lead pastor, Brad Mathias, shared three things with our faith community at Four Winds Anglican Church that Our Father is inviting us to practice individually and together. He said that the LORD was impressing upon him to become more faithful in Prayer, Tithing and Rest (Sabbath) and that we, as a church, are being called to practice these same three disciplines.
Don’t hear this wrong.. we tend to get things backward and upside down. Revelation is always an Invitation to respond in some way. It's often an invitation to greater intimacy with Our Father.
God keeps things simple. He has shown His heart for us in Jesus. Whenever you’re in doubt of who Our Father is or what He thinks of, feels about, or desires for you - look to Jesus. Listen to Jesus. Follow Jesus. As we look to Jesus, we will begin to love Jesus all the more. As we begin to love Jesus more and more, we'll begin to resemble Him and naturally represent Him, in this world.
Luke 10:25-37, ESV
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a ySamaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii3 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
God is shaping us to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength. He does this as we make time to meet with Him in quiet, as we gather together to be reminded of the story He’s writing with our lives and as we obey Him - putting into practice those things He’s revealed to us.
I think we need to hear from Professor James K. A. Smith again on Worship, Work and Vocation. Hear what he has to say..
If you desire to have a heart shaped and filled by the love of the Father, I invite you to speak to Him now, with me..
O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore You,
a heart to delight in You,
to follow and to enjoy You,
for Christ's sake.
(Ambrose of Milan, c 339-97 A.D.)
AMEN (may it be so!)
End Pt. 3