Closed today. Imagine if God were closed one day a week. No healings. No one to receive our prayers, no one to answer our calls for help. But that will not ever happen. Not ever.
Jesus got into a lot of trouble by healing hurting and disenfranchised people on the Sabbath. The Pharisees, and the so-called experts of the Hebrew law, said that this was not to be done. But Jesus showed that when there is a need the Spirit of God is always available to minister to that need. Jesus told the “experts” that the Sabbath was made for ministry and to not heal, clothe, offer shelter, or any other ministry, would be a disservice to God’s unconditional love.
It is comforting to know that God is always available to us. Late at night when we can become so overcome with our fears, God is there. At the bedside of an ill or dying friend, God is there. In the midst of our having to make major, life altering decisions, God is there and never closed.
But let me also ask you this. When God reaches out to you to meet a need, to display your faith and belief in Spirit’s ever-available presence, or to ask you to do something for his church, are you closed? Are you closing off the ability of God to reach out to you, to show you the answers you seek, or to trust that where God is leading you is where you need to be? We are open to God when we allow our faith, our trust and our actions to move us forward in a positive and affirmative way. We are also open for God when we say, “yes, Lord, send me forth to do wonderful things in your name.”
God is always available to us and we must also always be available to God. It’s called a relationship.
“Remember, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28: 20)
Affirmation: “My connection to God is always open, active and available. God is there to meet whatever need I have and I am there for God to proclaim Spirit’s unconditional love to all.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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