Daring to Risk Messy Love

World Communion – Daring to Risk Messy Love

 

Are you ever afraid to turn on the news – because of what you might see as the latest trouble spot in our world?  North Korea throwing out bombs.  ISIS cutting off people’s heads.  Racial tensions dividing people – all over America?

 

God has a very different vision for our world.  God wants to help our world grow in respecting, loving, and helping each other – as sisters and brothers united in God’s family through Jesus.  It’s a great vision – that is very hard to turn into a reality.  To help make that vision a reality – God was willing to roll up His sleeves and get to work in messy love.

 

MESSY   LOVE        Getting Messy to Share God’s Love

 

Is love clean and easy or messy and lots of hard work?  If you watch the Hallmark Channel, or read the fairy tales – they present these beautiful pictures of people falling in love and living happily ever after.  God shows us the bigger picture – loving other people is messy and a lot of hard work.  God was willing to get messy to make love available all over our world in a way that no one else was – God gave His most precious gift – His only begotten Son.

 

John 3:16-17 (MSG)    This is how much God loves the world: He gave his Son, His only begotten Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed.  By believing in Jesus, anyone can have a whole and ever-lasting life.   God didn’t send His Son to condemn people and tell the world how bad it was.  Jesus came to save people and put the world right again.

 

God loves the world so much that He gave Jesus.  Jesus loves the world so much – that He was willing to pay the price of going to the Cross – to unleash the power of God’s love, forgive our sins – and put the world right again.

 

Jesus challenges you and me to be willing to get messy – in 2017 – in order to share God’s love with other people.  God is probably not calling you to become a Missionary to N Korea or Syria.  But God is calling each of us to be a Missionary – in our homes, our neighborhoods, our jobs.

 

Philippians 2:4-8 (MSG)    Don’t think only of your own interests.  Think of yourselves the way Jesus thought of Himself.   Jesus had equal status with God but…  He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave!  …It was an incredibly humbling process.  Jesus didn’t claim special privileges.  Instead, He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.

 

World Communion Sunday – reminds us that God was willing to get messy to love and save us.  And that Jesus still gives us the power we need – to join Him in serving and making our world a better place for all.

 

  • How are you getting messy — to show people you love them?

 

God’s VISION_  — Spread Blessings All Over the  WORLD

 

God got messy to show the world how much He loves all people.  And God keeps reaching out to show the world His vision for how we can live more fulfilling lives in order to bring out the best in each other.

 

God gave an awesome vision to Abraham – make you into a great nation.  Not so you can be rich and famous.  Rather, so that you can be My partner in blessing the whole world.

 

Genesis 12:2-3 (NLT)    I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you… and you will be a blessing to others.  …All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

 

What would a world focused on blessing look like?  Examples.  After Hurricanes and Earthquakes – to see Christians from all over the world – jumping into action to give a helping hand.  To see our own UMCOR – ready to respond.  Flood Buckets.  Volunteers.  Food.  Medical Supplies.

On World Communion Sunday – we remember that God called Abraham and God continues to call every one of us – to grow as God’s partners in blessing our world.

 

One of the keys to spreading God’s blessings – is to never forget that we are all part of God’s family.

 

Galatians 3:28 (MSG)    In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us everyone is equal.  That is, we are all brothers and sisters because Jesus Christ came to help us all join God’s family.

 

World Communion Sunday – is a great day to ask for a divine vision – what would our world look like if everyone was focused on ways to bless each other – and grow into the healthy, loving, and supportive family God wants to help us become?

 

  • What Could a World Focused on Blessing Look Like?

 

Committing  OURSELVES  to  KEEP  GROWING  in Love

 

I would love to be able to tell you that we have the answers our world needs right here this morning.  That we could solve all of the problems of our world, just by coming to the Communion table this morning.

 

Even though we can’t solve all of the problems in one moment – we can make progress, keep growing, and help our world to keep growing.

 

Philippians 3:12-14 (TLB)    I know that I’m not perfect.  I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.

 

My wife reminds me often – No one person can change the whole world by themselves, but all of us can help to change the whole world by improving one relationship at a time.

1 John 4:7 (NLT)    Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.  Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.

God sent Jesus – to show every person in the world how much God loves them.  And God is inviting you and me – to come to His table and renew our commitment this morning to keep growing in Jesus’ love.  None of us can change the whole world – but what could happen if the over 2 billion Christians in our world – all picked one relationship to build and improve this week?

Just improving one relationship at a time – can have tremendous power – when we join together in focusing on putting Jesus’ love into action.

Come to God’s table this morning – to celebrate the good news.  You are loved!  You are called to share God’s blessings!  And as you focus on becoming all that Jesus’ wants you to be – our world can indeed be transformed by sharing God’s love – and improving one relationship at a time.

  • Pick one relationship you can work on to change and improve.

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