Going Deeper 05.10.2021
An excerpt from yesterday's message...

Stories of radical and sacrificial generosity can powerfully touch us.  Do you know why?  It is because inside each of us is the image of our Creator, the God who is defined by that one very important word: love.  When we are inspired and empowered to move beyond the lie that the best things in life are the things we accumulate and the all the stuff we do for ourselves, we can discover that there is so much more joy and meaning in joining The Divine Dance.  This is at the heart of the recalculating or reorientation of our lives Pastor Ryan spoke of last Sunday. 

Is this type of outward-focused, others-focused, sacrificial generosity easy?  By no means.  At times the needed sacrifices are painful.  At times, those we love may not return the love, may even be ungrateful, might even seek to take advantage of us.  At other times, we might be so overwhelmed by all of the need which surrounds us that we find it easier to escape back into the distractions or try to return to living for ourselves.  

But the greatest love, which produces the deepest joy, is found in living more and more fully in the way of Jesus, the way of radical love and sacrificial generosity.  As Jesus Himself said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  When God works through us to bring His love and His grace into the lives of others, leading them to rediscover the image of God within themselves, we rediscover our created purpose. 

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