As we have journeyed through Mark Chapter 12, we have really been digging into relationship. The blog posts during this series have been a mix of providing a small window into the message on the following Sunday or sharing the vision we feel God is giving us and the direction we are wanting to take.
“Follow my example, as I follow Christ”
The above scripture verse from 1 Corinthians 11:1 comes to my mind as I start to share with you through this blog. The questions which we ask consistently as a church are “what is God saying?”, and “what are we going to do about it?” As we share the direction we feel God is calling us to follow , we ask that you come with us. As the staff put time and effort into discerning what God is saying to our faith community collectively, as well as individually for their own lives, we are thinking and praying through the ways we should be responding. Please be praying for the staff and leaders as we model this way of living.
There has been a lot shared over the past few weeks on the desire for us to step more into living a life of UP-IN-OUT in everything we do. What does that mean? It means that looking UP and investing in relationship with the Father is for everybody, every day. Sunday worship is important. Even though we don’t know what that looks like going forward, we know it will be for God’s glory. Yet our corporate gathering is only part of what do at St. John. I want to challenge you to be thinking and praying about how you can incorporate the UPward dimension into everything you do in life. The same is true of IN and OUT. All three dimensions need to be shaping not only what we do, but how we live. They are intertwined. Compartmentalizing UP-IN-OUT does not produce the same way of life. We are to respond to this UP-IN-OUT life holistically.
On Sunday we will be looking at the end of chapter 12 of Mark’s Gospel. The story features a widow who gave out of her poverty, in comparison with the rich people who gave out of their wealth. We will consider how we can respond in the giving of our time, talents and treasures, remembering that all we have been blessed with has been placed in our hands to steward well. All we do is meant to glorify God.
Living a life of UP-IN-OUT in all we do, glorifying God as we worship in every setting, being a disciple and discipling others as we share life with one another, and loving our neighbor through words and action as we introduce them to Jesus – this is what we, as his followers, are called to do.