Pastor Rene' Bogue
If you’re like me, you have moments of scrolling through social media and wondering why everyone else has all the fun. And, although we have heard the encouragements, and read the memes – that what we casually observe is not the real lives of those we watch, but rather their highlight reel – we can’t help but wonder if we’re behind the curve.
Sometimes the same thing happens to us in our Christian walk. The stage in our church is 27.5 inches high. That barely-over-two-feet somehow has the power to elevate the perception of those on it to a much higher level. To be sure, our Pastors study hard, our Worship Team practices and worships in preparation for service. But, their location and calling does not presuppose any sort of perfection, or greater affection from the Father. These are people. Like us. We are seeing their highlight reel.
Even as we embrace the equality of those within our own tribe, surely those folks in the Bible are of a far higher spiritual status than we are. Surely. A careful reading of the Book of Acts – and a quick Google search – shows a timeline that brings perspective. Each of the books we read by Paul, each of the mighty acts of Peter and John, are, in fact, parts of their highlight reel. These were men with dusty feet and earthly faults.
And I have to think that’s intentional.
If God had created super-human heroes to lead us in our walk – would we even try? If not for the humanity of Peter and Paul and Pastors and Leaders, would we see ourselves able to walk a path toward greater closeness with God? Would we even put on our shoes? With every post that shows our dusty feet, every ironic “nailed it!” meme, every honest post from a harried mom, we have encouragement to keep going, to draw closer, and to embrace our humanity and the humans around us.
Your highlight reel is pretty great. So is your real life. I’m so grateful that Jesus loves us in the middle of both.
Pastor Sammy Jamison
The story is told of a silversmith who refined his silver and heated it to burn off the impurities until he could see his own reflection in the silver. God is refining each of His children is that same way until He can see His own reflection is us.
When you wait for God to charge your heart with His Spirit, you will see your life begin to gain power. You have not fully seen how much He is willing to guide and direct your path in life. God dearly loves you and wants to serve you. We are used to thinking that God wants us to serve Him, but He is Who and What He asks us to be. God is motivated by a servant’s heart. That is His mercy and grace at work.
How do you think life will be in Heaven? It will be love-motivated, service-motivated, others-motivated. You have read, “He shall wipe every tear from their eyes.” This is a picture of how God wants to serve His children who come into His presence. All of God’s creation is a reflection of His heart to serve and proof that He seeks harmony in every star, in every planet, in every solar system, in every galaxy. He says, “Let there be” perfect love as each and every element serves the whole.
Give God your heart. Let Him fill you with His Holy Spirit and give you the inner motivation that reflects His very heart.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.