Going Deeper 03.15.2021
An excerpt from yesterday's message...

It is important for us to remember that repentance is not about seeking to make ourselves more acceptable or presentable to God. We are accepted by virtue of grace, not on the basis of our goodness or good works.

A little boy watched, fascinated, as his mother gently rubbed some kind of cream on her face, creating a kind of mask. “Why are you rubbing that stuff on your face, Mommy?” he asked. “To make myself beautiful,” said his mother. A bit later, she began removing the cream with a tissue. “What’s the matter?” he asked. “Are you giving up?”

The truth is, we can give up trying to make ourselves and our lives beautiful on our own. In the eyes of our Abba Father, we are beautiful, and unconditionally loved. We are seeking to live more and more on the basis of grace, filled with gratitude and moved by love. Are you listening?

Have you heard this sermon before? If you’ve been listening, the answer is “yes, many times.” Will you hear this sermon again? Almost certainly. This is the core of our faith. This is truth which sets us free. This is the foundation of our faith and of our discipleship. By grace we have been saved, through faith, and set free to live the good life our Creator intends for us to live, marked by grace, love, and service, and filled with joy, peace, and meaning. Are you listening?

With You in His Grace,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington
"Gratefully Growing Servants"