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Monday, February 15, 2016

02142016 First Sunday in Lent - Accepting God's Change

February 14, 2016
“I Will” Move and Accept God’s Change
David, a simple and humble shepherd boy who had been brought from tending the family herd, after being anointed with the horn of oil by Samuel, received a special gift from God.  It wasn’t a tangible gift, but a gift from God that changed the trajectory of his entire life.  We know David wasn’t perfect during his life as evidenced from Holy Scripture.  But God saw something in David that endured him to his Lord.  When the oil was poured over his head, God bestowed upon David a special measure of His Spirit.  So great and profound was God’s Spirit upon David that David would move and accept God’s change and trust God in everything, even his very life and health.

Enter a giant named Goliath.  Goliath was a part of the Philistine Army and was their champion.  King Saul and his army, who were battling the Philistine army was daily being taunted by this giant.  Everyone feared him because of his size and his daily taunts.  And no one would step up and challenge him.

Who should arrive, but a shepherd boy named David, full of the Spirit of the Lord.  David changed “I could” to “I will”, because David trusted God and entrusted himself to God’s hands and will to fulfill his calling and destiny with a simple sling and a single stone picked from the river bottom.  We know the story, we know the outcome.  But the reality is, David was willing to move and accept God’s change from “I could” to “I will” without question or doubt.

How many of us are willing to do this today?  Potentially very few of us.  But the same Spirit of the Lord that came upon David when he was anointed to be the next king of Israel is the same Spirit we have been anointed with in our baptism.  God places upon our heads and into our hearts the same spirit and entrusts us with the same gift of His Holy Spirit given to David when the horn of oil was poured over his head.

In our baptism into Jesus Christ, life, death and resurrection, we have been entrusted with the power of God to stand up and move with Christ in our daily lives.  Jesus Christ given to each and every one of us empowers us to change our answer from “I could” to “I will”.  God is calling us to step up in our lives and change our trajectory and accept God’s divine hand upon our head, heart and very lives.  God is calling each and every one of us to love one another with an unmistakable love, care, compassion and concern that will radically change our lives and impact not only the people of Emmanuel, but all of Goodland.

Paul, in Ephesians (4:1-3) said it so well, “4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  We have been called to this bond of peace through our baptism into Jesus Christ life, death and resurrection.  One cannot separate these events from our lives, because without them our baptism would be empty and meaningless, and God’s will and way are never meaningless nor empty.

A young child once asked his parents, what makes a kite fly, the string, the body of the kite or the tail?  The grandfather of the child watched as his son and daughter in law struggled to give a response to the inquisitive child.  The parents debated each of the component pieces of the kite, the pros and the cons of each, the aerodynamics, the materials used, the function.  Finally the child perplexed by the parents detailed conversation and response lost interest and ran off to play with a friend outside.

All of us know that a kite cannot fly without each part of the kite.  So to in our lives and relationship with one another and with Jesus Christ, we cannot change and move and accept God’s change without God’s hand and Spirit upon each and every one our lives.  And in our baptism and accepting God’s free grace from His Son on the Cross of Calvary, God enables us to move with Christ, our Lord and Savior, and accept God’s change of each of us into His children through our baptism and move us today like God did David, from “I could” to “I will”. 

May God remind us of His hand and especially His Spirit upon our lives and enable each of us to be diligent and walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have been called.  For our calling like David’s comes from God Who gives each of us His Holy Spirit and empowers each of us to change our answer from “I could” to “I will”.  AMEN.

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