A GOOD WORD

Start: Mon, April 12 | 9:30am

Now What?
By Tom McCauley

 

As you are reading this, your “Week after Holy Week” has begun. You rolled through the euphoria of Palm Sunday, followed by some introspective prayer and pondering on Friday night over what Jesus endured for us, followed, finally, by the joy and thankfulness as we celebrated Easter morning together. That was a crazy rollercoaster of emotions to experience over just a week’s time, wasn’t it?

 

So here we are on another Monday, reading this “Good Word” over lunch or maybe just after dinner, wiped out from another start to a 5-day workweek. The grind is back, right?  But let’s remember what an amazing week last week was! Our challenge this week is to refuse to slide back into the exact same pattern. Instead, let’s take one extra step this week to let the Holy Spirit do his work through us.  Consider that the Creator of the universe just reminded us over a week’s worth of events just exactly how much he loves us.  Not loved us but loves us. That truth puts new wind in our sails.

 

So, choose to see the people around you at work and in your neighborhood in a new way this week—as Christ’s “work in process” (just like you). The churchy word for that is called “sanctification.” Romans 6:22 says, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” At some point God will finish his work in us, but that time is not yet. The Holy Spirit is actively at work in us, slowly transforming us into the women and men that God knows we can become. Do not allow the sweet reminder of last weekend morph back into picking up the kids, trotting off to work, or wondering if the time has come to put the snowblower away. Be changed this week.

 

People can see true, authentic hope that is reflected through us, and the Holy Spirit can turn our demeanor and our actions into an irresistible curiosity within the hearts and minds of our neighbors. I am not challenging you to lead a crusade in the Andes mountains. But close your eyes for a quiet moment. Who does God bring to your mind?  I bet you see the face of someone who desperately needs to feel the Father’s touch. Draft that text, send the email, or make the call. Catch him or her off-guard. Stick your neck out. Change up your approach ever so slightly this week. Jesus reminds us that “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:2). Move into that harvest and redirect that thankfulness you felt on Sunday. As one of our former pastors used to say: “What do you want to be, a bucket or a pipe?” Be a pipe this week, carrying what you experienced to your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and see how that goes. You have nothing to lose because you know how it all ends.