May 5, 2019

Below are 4 scripture lessons for us to consider in preparation for this Sunday’s gathering.

Genesis 1:26-27

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ 
 So God created humankind in his image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them. 

Try thinking of this scripture citation in terms of ‘fingerprints.’   Fingerprints are unique to each one of us. What is it like to think of myself as having been created with the ‘imprint’ of God upon me.

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth! 
  You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
  you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger. 
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established; 
   what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals that you care for them? 
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet, 
   all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field, 
   the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 
O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

When is the last time you thought of yourself as ‘a little lower than God?’

John 7:38

 … and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.   Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance.  Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;  for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’

Two  key words in this text are ‘action’ and ‘holy.’   The English word ‘holy’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘qadosh’ which literally means ‘to be set apart for a special purpose.’   

Can I imagine Jesus’ life flowing out of me?  Can I imagine myself doing some of the same things that Jesus did?