Vision Test 3.26.17 Pastor Jane
There’s wonderful imagery in our lessons this morning that help explain vividly who God is and gives us a glimpse as to what God is doing in our lives. Sometimes ever so subtly.
In our first lesson, God surprises everyone. He doesn’t make the obvious choice, but instead introduces us to David, and anoints him as Saul’s successor. Not exactly who everyone was expecting. God’s vision for the kingdom… In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we’re told in no uncertain terms to confront injustice at whatever cost – whatever the risk. We’re told to ‘live as children of the light – with light that’s found in what’s good, and right, and true.’ Our Gospel takes us through time – not to a particular moment, but to a world that’s changed by vision and a new world of faith.
My first thoughts about our lessons this morning are about water. How essential water is to us as living beings, and the importance of water for all creation. After wandering in the wilderness, God provides Moses direction – to the source of life for his people. And in Paul’s letter to the Romans, it’s our baptism that unites us and is the source of hope and life for God’s people.
Some weeks, the sermons get real easy. Like this week; with wonderful lessons at a very special time in our Family of Faith. Remember that name. The Family of Faith. Let’s look at those lessons.
Our first is the foundational story of Abraham and Sarah. They’re settled into their own little world and God comes and makes a promise so ridiculous, Sarah laughed. But God said, you need to move, and they did. In blind trust and in simple faith, they accepted the invitation of God and in that moment, their relationship with God was forever changed.