Then [Jesus] said, “How can I picture God’s kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19
And what is so special about a Pastor sizzling sozzies in the middle of a morning sermon? The whole congregation (and very possibly many passerby’s) can’t help but be affected by the smell wafting through the entire Lecture Theatre.
That’s how I want my Christian life to be like. A sozzling sausage and sporatic mustard weed. In a way that there’s virtually no possible way to stop the Good News from spreading through me. Not because I am indestructble and unstoppable, but because I have a God who is. I want to be un-ignorable. I want to be able to say, “I can’t help but touch your life simply because you’re standing in my breathing space.”
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at [Jesus] that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at Him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with [Jesus] gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and Him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with Himself through [Jesus], giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives.
God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.
We’re speaking for Christ Himself now: Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.
‘How?’, you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
2 Chorinthians 5:18-21 [The Message]
It can take 30 seconds to change someone’s life.
Is it possible to change someone’s life in half that time? I want to be able to.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.