To and From, an exploration of the journey of biblical discipleship.
Last week, Lupe Mariscal shared his thoughts and reflections on Sunday's past message.
For the past few weeks, Pastor Rich has been taking us through a journey of exploring what it is to be a Disciple of Christ. This Sunday, Pastor Rich preached that a disciple of Christ, is a person who is committed to generous service.
Many things were mentioned but out of all the thought provoking, heart piercing, Christ exulting, cross leading things that were mentioned; what truly impacted me was when he used Sodom and Gomorra as an illustration. (If you don't know the story, you can peep it in Genesis 13-14.)
He used Ezekiel 16:49..."this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."
This was so powerful because we all know the assumed story of Sodom & Gomorra, the ancient epitome of a "Strip Club" or of "Vegas". Sin city, the ultimate. But Pastor Rich showed us that it was not just about that, it was about much more and it was relatable. We see that the guilt of Sodom was "pride", "being prosperous and living easy but not helping the poor and needy."
"How committed am I to pursue justice for my neighbor?"
"What am I willing to give up for justice?"
It's good to ask ourselves these questions and to wrestle with them.
1 Corinthians 10:24 tells us "Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor."
The truth is, every Christian can be a perpetuator of justice, in any capacity. Only when we understand and know Jesus can we truly be doers of justice. By forgiving one another and being gracious, listening to each other and tenderly challenging one another, the Family of God can start being the "Last Missionary."
Father, help us to love kindness, to do Justice and to continue to walk and know you through your Son by the power of Your Spirit. It is truly a unique time to be alive. Help us to be faithful to You. Thank you for being good and giving peace at all times. In Jesus' matchless name - Amen