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Thinking Towards Sunday; From the Desk of Pastor Asher
13 April 2015Posted by on
“…open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35 NIV2010).
Human beings are created to be a community (Genesis 2:18, 1:27). We need human interaction. If we don’t interact with others we lose our sense of purpose and we fade into nothingness.
Jesus established the Church to be a worldwide connection of communities. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus himself gave us the Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The way I understand the Great commission is that each church community has a mission to serve God by serving the world in which we live.
Surely we have our share of problems (and who doesn’t). The biggest challenge in talking with our neighbors about the Church Universal and about our church community is for us to accept and to acknowledge our own problems and our own responsibility. It is hard for us to acknowledge and to accept the ugly and uncomfortable truths from our past and present traditions. We have been wounded, and we have wounded others by our actions and inactions.
We also have wonderful accomplishments. For the longest time the Church was on the forefront of Science; we still have Wesleyan Colleges and Seminaries all around the world bringing education and opportunities to men and women from all walks of life. The Church is resilient and adaptable; it has changed and adapted with the times. It is true that we have fallen a bit behind in that respect now, but if history is any indication, by the Grace of God we will bounce back.
I believe that the United Methodist Church is inspired and guided by our Living God, and that being a part of a church community helps us to deal with the problems of the day. It also brings us closer to Jesus so that we may love God more, follow Jesus closer and to see the work of the Holy Spirit better in our midst and all around us.
That is the message that our neighbors need to see in us because we live in a time when hope and vision are scarce, and fear mongering is all too common.
“The fields are ripe for the harvest! Open your eyes and look at the fields…” (John 4:35 paraphrase).