BRINGING JOY TO THE WORLD

Dec 3, 2023Wednesday in the Word

WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD    December 6, 2023

“BRINGING JOY TO THE WORLD”

Isaiah 42:1-9 NRSV

Through the Spirit, God’s Servant will bring forth justice to the nations.

We all face situations inlife where the rules don’t neatly apply, where there’s not a clear-cut easy decision to make. And so, what do we need? We need wisdom. We need a broader perspective. We need a God-given perspective in any situation.

But here’s the challenge, every day our natural tendency is to lean on our own understanding. Ever since humanity’s fall in the garden, our natural tendency is to assume that our immediate view of things is always the right view of things. What’s going to help us overcome that natural tendency and to seek out a God-given perspective on our lives? Well, it doesn’t matter who you are, all of us sense a great need for direction and guidance in life. But one of the promises that we can hold onto and draw upon is that as God’s children, God promises to lead us.

Still, we have a part to play in this and the first step is slowing down to reflect in this Advent season. As churches, not just as individuals, we are God’s servants to the world. We participate in God’s new thing (Isaiah 42:9), God’s new exodus out of exile and brokeness. God’s community is God’s servant.

We are waiting for Jesus’ return to bring his saving work to completion and to take his beloved people home! Jesus tells us that while we wait, we don’t know when it is, he will be unexpected. We cannot be caught off our guard asleep; meaning slack in our faithfulness, slack in our serving until he returns. He has charged us. The Spirit of God has equipped us to bring his message to the world–God’s abundant love, healing to the broken, his light to a blind world, and liberation to the oppressed. This requires our voice and our actions. While waiting, bring “Joy to the World.”

As a community of faith, share the power of God with the people we meet. Each of us has a unique story. It is a testimony of how God, in Christ, has moved in our lives. Whether our stories are dramatic or quite ordinary, they all show an aspect of God’s faithfulness through Jesus Christ–to proclaim he is the light, he is truth, and he brings forth justice to the nations.

But we as a community, also participate in this work of justice together as communities of faith. One of the things that a God-given perspectives gives to us is a reassurance of God’s faithfulness in our lives. He draws near to us and reassures us that we can count on him and because he is faithful. Amen!!

Rev Carole

 

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