I have a couple of things to report:
First, for those who asked to be kept informed, I met with my doctor Wednesday and both biopsies came back benign. Thank you, Jesus!
Second, the hub and I went to church today.
The colors were lovely along the way.
We revisited one that we visited last Spring – before I broke my foot. I brought home a nugget or two – which always makes for a good church-going experience.
According to J.I. Packer, Fellowship = sharing with others what God has shown me and allowing others to share with me what God has shown them. So, in the spirit of fellowship, I’ll share my nuggets with you:
At the start of the service, someone read from a small portion of The Westminster Confession of Faith:
“We cannot, of course, by our best works deserve to be forgiven for our sins and to receive eternal life from God. There is that great disproportion between our best works in this life and the glory which is going to be revealed in us, and there is the infinite distance between us and God, who does not profit from our best works and is not satisfied by them for the debt of our previous sins. When we have done all we can, we have only done our duty and are unprofitable servants. Since the goodness of our best works in fact proceeds from his Spirit and since, insofar as they are done by us, our best works are defiled and mixed with our weakness and imperfection, they cannot therefore even stand the scrutiny of God’s judgment.
Nevertheless, since the persons of believers are accepted through Christ, their good works in this life are also accepted in him. It is not as though they were perfect in God’s sight but that God, looking on them in his Son, is pleased to accept and reward what is sincerely done, even though accompanied by much weakness and imperfection.”
During the sermon the pastor made this point:
Just as God accepts us by grace, He also accepts our efforts by grace.
We don’t have to serve Him perfectly (we can’t), we only have to serve Him sincerely.
So why do we nitpick one another when God doesn’t nitpick us? (This is me talking now.)
The other thing that I jotted down was this:
The Word dwelt (tabernacled) among us… The temple is where God manifested His glory. Jesus is the Living Stone and we now are living stones – bricks in a temple built to manifest His glory.
Here’s the part I really liked:
The bricks ABOVE you are dependent upon you. If you get pulled, the bricks above you crumble.
The bricks BELOW you are the ones that you depend upon, lest you crumble.
More evidence that Jesus turned our prideful hierarchies upside down.
The leaders, the foundation are on the BOTTOM, not the top.
What do you have to report?