Is your God big enough?

Is your God big enough?
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Is your God big enough?

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been reading from 1 Corinthians — a letter from the Apostle Paul to a church in the First Century that was divided by all kinds of problems. It has really hit home because our world seems so divided right now. As I have read, this question just keeps running through my mind: “Is your God big enough?”

Is your calling big enough?

Paul opens 1 Corinthians talking about calling. God called him to be an Apostle. God set us apart to be holy, called us to be saints. And, God blesses us with grace and peace that comes from God and Christ himself. But do we look like a people called together and blessed with grace and peace?

Is God’s grace big enough?

Then, Paul expresses his gratitude to God for the grace and gifts God gives us through faith in Jesus. He writes about how God enriched their speech and knowledge. He encourages them that Christ is the one who will sustain them until the end because the God who called them is faithful.

This introduction to Paul’s letter led me to ask some big questions about the God I believe in — or, maybe, my belief in God. In spite of these great claims about God’s work, the church in Corinth divided itself over the very blessings Paul wrote to them about. They fought over sin and spiritual gifts and even Communion. What in the world would make a church so blessed by God so divided?

Their God wasn’t big enough. The rest of the letter Paul points out the shortcomings in their attitudes and behaviors that reveal what they truly believed about God.

What do our lives say about God?

I’m afraid we don’t do much better. We divide ourselves over everything from baptism to politics. Although we claim to serve the God who created the universe and gave his only Son to save us, we struggle to believe he is bigger than our pet ideas and preconceptions. Let’s decide to change that. Let’s find the God who called us to work together to make his name great. Let’s answer the question, “Is your God big enough?” by working together to bring his kingdom of love and life to hurting people around us.

What can you do today to make sure your faith is in the God who is big enough?

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GOD on POLITICS

 Voting: Privilege? Responsibility? Opportunity? Voice?

God on Politics – God’s heart and your voice in our nation

Are you ever overwhelmed by the world of politics? Do you get tired head when you try to figure out how (or if) your vote really counts? Or do you feel like everyone in washington makes decisions for their power and their pocketbook, so why does it really matter who is in office?

As a GenXer all these thoughts have crossed my mind. And, to be honest, I have probably missed out on opportunities to express myself in our political process because it all just seems so hopeless. Pretty sad for a pastor, right? Ten years ago John Mayer expressed our GenX hearts pretty well when he wrote:

Now we see everything that’s going wrong with the world and those who lead it.
We just feel like we don’t have the means to rise above and beat it,
So we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change.
(If you haven’t heard it, it’s a pretty interesting tune.)

I think though, GenXers, it’s time for us to step up to the plate. As a new generation younger than us enters the workforce and adulthood (Did you know we will be outnumbered 2 to 1 by Millennials in the workforce soon?), it’s time for us to begin leaving our mark – especially those of us following Christ. So, what would Christ have us do?

With thanks to those who have come before us – from our founders to our defenders to the generations of Americans who have shaped our nation for the past two hundred years – we have a very special opportunity. We are free to pray, worship, organize, gather and vote according to our conscience. Beginning next Sunday, February 7th, we will be talking about how God expects us to put these liberties into practice to impact our nation and the ends of the earth with the message of Christ’s love.