Excerpt from Ephesians 2.11-22 (CEB)
We have also received an inheritance in Christ. We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design (vs. 11)
I have a fascination with super heroes. I like the idea of superpowers with their alter-egos and how they come to terms with their powers and living in the world. This past week our hearts have been broken and maybe hardened into resolve after the tragedy in Paris, the ongoing turmoil in Baghdad, and the repeated violence that comes across the media cycle.
Sometimes, I hear, in my head, Mr. Incredible from the movie “The Incredibles”
“No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for... for ten minutes!”*
The world is not as we hope or God intends, where equity, unity in diversity, and love are the foundational elements; the air its breath. It is a tall order that is moved by prayer, study, and conversation. But action is what unites them all.
Jesus’ salvation is not for you or me alone, it is for us all and it means for us all to find ways to live in this world, recognizing that we are all children of God. As Jesus teaches, He has sheep of other folds even as He is the way. May our way fol-low Jesus’ way, which is one of dying to our own self-serving desires and opens us to use our God-given gifts and graces for the good for all rather than the good of some or none.
May we build bridges rather than barriers. May our actions reflect the faith that we affirm, seeking to look more like Jesus’ way.
Grace and peace,
*The Incredibles. Directed by Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava. Emeryville, CA:Pixar Animation Studios, 2004.
Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church