Sermon Snap Shot March 3, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot March 3, 2019

This past week I have been reflecting on my ordination vows. We United Methodist clergy have a number of interesting or unusual vows that we are asked to fulfill when we give our lives in service to God and the Church, such as:

Will you diligently instruct the children in every place?
Will you visit from house to house?
Will you recommend fasting or abstinence, both by precept and example?
Are you in debt so as to embarrass you in your work?

But it’s the first four of these nineteen vows that I’ve been thinking about the most this week in light of today’s topic and the events of this past week:

Have you faith in Christ?
Are you going on to perfection?
Do you expect to be made perfect in love in this life?
Are you earnestly striving after it?

Methodist ministers, from the earliest days, have been asked these questions. And these first four touch on this last aspect of God’s grace. We believe that it is God’s will that, over time and in this lifetime, we might be made perfect in love. Not perfect people, per se. But perfect in our love – a state of existence where our first impulse is always to love.

Someone betrays us…we respond with love.
Someone defames us…calls us nasty names…we respond with love.
Someone hurts us…we respond with love.

A place, a state, a realm where we feel no ill will toward anyone. No resentment. No hatred. A place where our minds, hearts and lives have been conformed to the way of Jesus. The way of forgiveness. The way of love.

Am I there yet? Are we there yet, sisters and brothers of Waters Edge? Of course not! But I can honestly say that, with God’s help and with my wife as my witness, I’m earnestly striving for it. And, with God’s help, Waters Edge, we will earnestly strive for it as well.

 
From Sunday, March 3  message from Philippians 2:1-11, “G.R.A.C.E.: God’s Grace Conforms Us”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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