September 4, 2016
By Kristen Johnson
Today’s sermon was about allowing God to mold and change us. Jeremy 18:11 (NRSV): 11 Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.
Reflecting on the sermon, I started to think about the concept of allowing God to mold us and make us into the people we should be. Jesus talked about the greatest commandments:
Matthew 22:37-40 (NRSV): 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
If we are to allow God to mold us and make us, then we should allow God to work on our hearts. We can look to opportunities to serve God while serving our neighbors. There are so many ways to serve, both big and small. All we need to do is look around.
Is there a lonely elderly person in the area who needs a friend? Are we talented at making quilts, knitting, jewelry-making and can we donate those items to the homeless and hospitals? Can we drive an elderly or housebound person to the grocery store? How about adopting a pet in a shelter, or refusing to eat meat because factory farms are cruel to animals and horrible for the environment? Do we have extra books laying around that can be donated to the VA for veterans to read while they are recuperating? Do we have a special heart for children and the ability to work as a mentor in one of the many children’s charities located in most cities? And, the list goes on.
Living to serve God requires sacrifice. But, the “sacrifice” is a gift, because we are so blessed when we serve.
Serve all with love.
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