ROOTED - Friday, September 3, 2021


In the message on Sunday, Pastor Brad taught us that part of our prayer must be to expect that God will act… not in the sense that God is beholden to us and must do our bidding, but in the sense that we can count on God because God always fulfills his promises.

 

Here is how the apostle Paul puts it in his second letter to the Corinthians…

 

II Corinthians 3:3-9

3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. 5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 

 

7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 

 

Reflections

In what sense is every follower of Jesus a “letter” from Christ?

 

How much confidence do you have in God through Christ?

 

What kind of glory are you expecting through this new way that Christ is showing us?  What evidence in the past gives you confidence that God can be expected to show up again and again?

 

Prayer

O Lord, let your word be written not only on stone and on paper, but also on my heart.  Give me a love for your covenant with us, that I may rely on your promises.  And stir up in me a sense of glorious expectation, to watch and wait and see your wondrous acts through Jesus Christ my Lord.  Amen.