Going Deeper 01.18.2021

Here is an excerpt from yesterday's message...

The Holy Spirit continues to call, gather, enlighten and sanctify/cleanse.  The Holy Spirit continues to inspire the Scriptures, to breathe through the written word to connect, to reconcile, us to God and to one another, and to cleanse and restore us individually and collectively. The Holy Spirit does not force or coerce, but continues to call, to invite, to inspire and empower us to live more and more fully in the way of Jesus.

My friends, take this to heart.  Don’t just find this to be interesting teaching, but life-changing truth.  Jesus desires for us to be drawn closer to Him and to our Abba Father, to find healing (perhaps after first being painfully broken), but to truly encounter and be changed by the Spirit.  We are surrounded by people who need to hear and see the love of God at work in our lives, who need to learn the truth about sin, about grace, and about our calling to live restored lives of peace, and of love, graciousness, patience, humility, and a desire to build up, not tear down.  

As He called His first followers, Jesus invites us to see Him at work-- teaching, healing, washing feet, turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, giving the extra coat, even willingly laying down His life in love for those filled with hate toward Him and toward many others. We are not being called to be religious, but to be real.  Jesus invites us, through His Holy Spirit, to join Him in His ongoing mission.  In truth, Jesus is calling us to be Him… to be His hands and feet, His voice; to be the very embodiment of His being… to be the one holy and universal Church.

With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"