Pointing Towards Others Points To God
Pointing Towards Others Points To God
 
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good,  reject every kind of evil.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
 
Growing up my parents always told me not to point, it is rude, they would say. Well without disrespecting that rule, I am going to do some pointing in this message.  One way we develop our spiritual awareness of God's redemptive and present work among us is to celebrate it with a grateful heart. What we see and what we have are already Gods', so why not point them out.
 
My finger is pointing and my heart is overflowing with gratitude.  Here is my Christmas list of 2013:
 
First, I am thankful for the congregation's open response to hosting 12 Baskets and celebrating our neighbors by creating community.
I am thankful for you, the congregation, and the response of support for our growing international mission experiences.
I am thankful for you, the congregation, and your hearts for wanting to feed and serve our local neighbors who go hungry each day.
I am thankful for you, the congregation, and your hearts for passionate worship.
I am thankful for the life and ministry of Front Street UMC and for the love we share with one another in times of need and in times of joy.
 
I'm pointing to you the congregation. I am pointing to you so that you might be aware of the kingdom work and kingdom work you are a part of. I pray that you are aware and will stay aware of God moving in your lives and will respond in the like. Point out the moments of God when you see them take place. Celebrate with a joyful heart when you feel God.  Shout praises to God whenever you can. Everyday is a gift. Everyday is another opportunity to share the love and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Don't let a day pass you without pointing to those God moments! 
 
Prayer
Giver of everything good, Gracious God, we stand in awe of the bounty you have bestowed upon us.  We marvel at the glimpses of the Kingdom of heaven we see on earth. Help us we pray to not overlook or pass by an opportunity to give you praise. Help us to be steadfast disciples eagerly awaiting a time to point towards the kingdom for all to see. Alleluia, Alleluia Emmanuel. Amen.
 
- Nathan Arledge
 

 

Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:37 PM
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