John 4:19-26

"Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?"

Jesus replied, "Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on the tis mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming-indeed it's here now- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming-the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

Then Jesus told her, "I AM the Messiah!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

10 things that bother me

10. being three cents short of exact change (every time i go to buy something)
9. a drive through that makes you pull up front and wait. (i thought that's why i went through 
the drive through. i didn't want to wait!)
8. hitting every red light
7. hitting the south hartman dr./baddour parkway red light (have you seen this thing? it's like red for twenty four minutes and 16 seconds!)
6. shooting 78 at Windtree on Thursday, then shooting 89 at Windtree on Friday. (How can
that much go wrong with a golf swing in 24 hours?)
5. cleaning the pool filter. (i could install a new one in the time it takes to clean the old one!)
4. the other 10 million things that bother me, that i don't have the time or space to list here!
3. waiting almost an entire year for a new episode of "Lost". (that show is like crack!)
2. the fact that my wife is right most of the time! (love you, honey!)
1. the fact that i know what having a relationship with God is like and there are millions of 
people who don't.

i know this list is kind of funny, except for number one. but that's the point i'm trying to make. how many things in your life are you bothered by? like me, you probably have a million things that bother you. but of all of those things, are any of them as important as walking around everyday seeing the people you see and knowing that there's a good, no great, chance that they have no idea how much God loves them. and the lengths to which He would go to let them know... the lengths to which He already has. 

this is something that God slammed me with. it's our job to love people.  Jesus said we will know His disciples by the way they love people. the church is the only institution on the face of this earth that can bring the love of God. we can do this because He lives in us, and therefore, He can love through us. so, it bothers me that we have this Love inside us, and yet, there are millions of people who have never even seen it. 

my prayer is that God would show me how to love better. would you make that your prayer as well?



1 comment:

Erik Reed said...

Dude...preach it bro! You want to lead worship and preach that sermon one week :-) Seriously, excellent thoughts and points made. It should bother all of us to see the condition of the world and of the human heart. It is not the person on TV, but the person living beside us so desperate for it.

Btw, I like the new blog design...very cool.