It’s not often you have these heavy sermons but last Sunday was definitely one of them. Centred around luke 9:23, the title was shame. It really got me thinking about all the times in life you have opportunities to speak up and don’t, what does it really boil down to? What’s the worst that can happen? I guess we all want to feel like we belong right? To who?
William, who was preaching, brought up an interesting point about what he called circles in our everyday lives; there is always an inner circle. sometimes we feel like we’re in there, we’ve made it. Now I’m not saying that they’re inherently bad things, it’s good to have friends and to feel like you’re a part of something, something exclusive, something that’s totally yours, but where it gets messy is when we get possessive and dig our claws in against anything that may risk us falling out of this inner circle. This, this fear of exclusion may drive us away from His plan for us and what he wants us to do
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, so will the Son of Man be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory” – Luke 9:26 ESV
So I guess, and don’t get me wrong, as I’m writing this to you I’m also writing this to me, it all boils down to one simple question; who are you afraid of? God or man?
“In this world, you will face tough times, but take heart, for I have overcome the world”