As Church, we are in a place where the magic words have failed. The plans we made don’t match the geography we are living in. And, the hopes we had, where we placed our faith, might not be the plans God has for us.
Makes no difference what denomination, creed, or congregation you belong to.
This is the pivot.
Looking back over these little pivots, these points when my life changed, I tried to impose some order. I wanted to find a great story that encapsulates them. Some great Biblical truth, or truism, or some great slogan that will tie my life up into a neat little bow.
I don’t really have one.
The best I can do is offer what I did in a previous post: Notice. Love. And Let Go.
When we talk about spiritual transformation, when I do at least, it is this process that I am mostly referring to.
So, what is the Good News?
The Good News is these pivots are never really what we think they are. We know what they feel like. We worry about what they mean. We try to approach them the best we can.
And We Let Go.
Honestly, openly, humbly and faithfully.
Because, friends, the world is watching.
The church has never been more exposed to the world than it is right now.
Every wart, bit of tarnish, and blemish will be drawn out for the world to see.
And, the world will sneer. Is this the best your God can do? Fallen. Sinful. Broken people. Living lives worthy of scorn?
And, we will answer: yes.
And, God will answer, yes, and Not Only That, I will still send my only son.
Because, whenever we feel alone, broken, and battered, and the darkness is closing in…
The Good News, friends, is that Jesus is right there beside us, crying with us, loving us, and urging us on.
And, that friends, is what we offer.
Not gold or silver. Large crowds. Or, the latest and greatest.
This humble savior is all we have ever had, and we only keep him, by giving him away.
Looking back over your own faith, what sorts of pivots stand out to you? Leave a comment. Share a story. Touch a life. And, thanks for reading, Pastor J.