From the Pastor’s Desk: January 18, 2022

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From the Pastor
Carol Sparks

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

When we get married, we say yes to fully giving our lives to our spouses. We can’t have one foot in being single and the other foot in being married. We can’t give half of our heart when our spouses are giving all of theirs to us. Relationships require letting go of independence to commit to interdependence.

The same is true of our relationship with God. When we say yes to fully give our lives to be disciples of Jesus the Christ, we must leave behind preconceived ideas of how to independently create a life of purpose and value. That’s the message the apostle Paul sent to the church in Corinth. They were eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper, then continuing to offer sacrifices or eat at pagan temples. Instead of committing to following Jesus, church members were keeping their options open by continuing to worship at the pagan temple.

Bottom line, faith requires us to stop straddling the fence. The pagan gods of our day are success, wealth, children’s achievements, etc. Our temples are places of work, homes and camps, schools, and ball fields. We spend countless hours, resources, and energy to these gods.

God has given us “every good and right thing” to be enjoyed but they are not given to replace God. So, when do these activities or things become gods? Good question…

Each of us must decide that for ourselves. When do the things of your life become what you worship? When does God become one of the options you are keeping open?

Rev. Carol D. Sparks
Hate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!