This also means that Vacations are coming to an end and it is time to think about our Souls!
Is our relationship with Jesus Christ on hold or are we practicing our Discipleship of making "Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World?" Being a follower of Jesus Christ as a Disciple is a 24/7 job.
Bishop Lowry's blog had this to say today, August 20th: Today the questions rise again before us in reference to party and position. Do we see our lives shaped primarily around the drama of today’s events, or do we understand our lives as a part of the divine narrative as it plays out in modern living? A concrete way to face the questions of identity in Christ is to simply ask yourself – Whose preferences? Christ’s or my own? Is it God’s will and desire which rules or my convenience? Answering such questions calls for a deep embrace of the full story. I am arguing that only in a full recovering of the drama of the Christian story from creation to fall to Exodus/Covenant to Christ and to the life of the church pointing to final triumph of the Lord can we reclaim a centering in the good news of the gospel.
Christian identity formed around distinct convictions (ardent beliefs put into practice) that the Lord God Almighty had come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, God incarnate (in human flesh). This great divine drama challenged all other human points of identity and changed our allegiance at the deepest of levels. At the heart of recovery of a primary Christian identity is the recovery of the fullness of the Christian story (or narrative). Theological convictions are welded to practical application (more in a moment).
Pause with me and look back over this series taken as a whole. This is the fourth in a multi-part blog series on the issue of Christian identity as it relates to our wider culture in America. My central contention is: “The days of casual Christianity are fast fading. This is a good thing, not something to be feared or fought. Painfully we are learning that the Christian faith cannot be subsumed under any political label. It is not something that adheres to the conservative wing of the Republican Party or the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. The challenge from the Master cuts across our conventions and finds its own identity in Christ and him alone towering above all pygmies pretenders (be they party, nationality, ethnicity, economic or anything else).” (taken from Blog Beyond Political Identity: Grounding Ourselves in the Word and Way of God ©)
I ask you to meditate and think about your thoughts, is it: God's Will or Our Will? If it is our will then it will fail, but if it is God's Will then we know that it will be right and will succeed.
Please be in prayer for all of God's children, each other, and for your church that God's will be done in all things!
Thank you for reading!