Job description for Christians living under the law: "You have to be perfect. Not just better than your neighbor, not just living a pretty good life, you have to be perfect as God is perfect. You have to do everything perfectly and, by the way, you must think perfectly as well, because God reads your mind. Not only do you have to do everything and think everything perfectly, you will also be judged by what you do not do that you should have done.
"If you fail at any of the above you will be fired."
Job description for Christians living under grace: "Trust Jesus."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.