GOD IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

Jan 31, 2024Wednesday in the Word

“WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD”    January 31, 2024 – 2

“GOD IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL”

“Each of us was given the gift of grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

Ephesians 4:7 NRSV

God is available for all people. We are different people not only at different stages in our lives but also at the same time in the various social contexts we inhabit. This can be a dangerous idea. If you have seen firsthand the damage it can do in the community and in the church: being ousted for being someone identified as the ‘other’; ousted by a hostility for being other than who they appeared to be in their inner circle.

Obviously, we all have different sides of ourselves that we reveal whether in part or full or not at all depending on the circumstance. We must be aware of dangers, especially in this age of social media, where most people have many, many potential contexts to choose from.

God’s intention is for us to lead a life worthy for which we are called. Are we to be about making an effort to be all things to all people? There are so many choices through social mediums. We might become a happy family for a Facebook post, or as instagram become spontaneous influencers. Then some Twitter users become as political pundits, or sports commentators, throwing up edgy opinions we would never share in church. All of these expressions add up to placing identities and discrepancies with the image we have accumulated from our experiences.

Still, these images do not capture the fullness of the person. Yet, they can become quite relevant in our societal experiences where all too often people still must bear the weight of their very selves being unacceptable to the community. These are confounding issues. At least they should be, if we take them seriously. So we are to proclaim the grace and mercy of humankind to be held as God intends. The body of Christ, with its many members should embrace the totality of our differences. This requires in depth relationship building, learning from each other in all the miniature pieces that make us up: good, bad, and ugly, all the personas and identifies and labels.

Celebrating our diversity promotes the peacefulness of living harmoniously, bringing together our multiple elements centered in Christ Jesus, the Light of the World, desires for us to see as God sees. Think on this: “humankind sees the appearances but the LORD looks into the heart.” Our sin, our spiritual blindness results from our inability to “see” as God sees — in our judgments, prejudices, superiority. Turn to Christ Jesus.

Diversity is God’s intentional design found in creation. Therefore, let us incorporate our diverse backgrounds of humanity and the range of spiritual gifts given by God. Through God’s redemptive plan, Jesus came, was sent by his Father because He “so loved the world {that is, humanity as a whole} that he gave his only Son. Jesus celebrated diversity when celebrating diversity wasn’t cool. Jesus assures us that we can, and must, accomplish the same Oneness. Even as unique as we are, it is through Christ who is the only path to the freedom God offers. God is Available for All. Amen!

REV. CAROLE

 

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