Yesterday, I watched as a man of God proclaimed, in a church of all places, that we were CREATED to LOVE and that LOVE could not EXIST without our CREATOR. The beauty that we serve a God who created us to Love, because HE is the very EXISTENCE of LOVE and we have amazing things that happen physiologically when we choose to LOVE is the most amazing thing about my faith. Biblically, you read a statement, and in the scientific realm, we now know, that it is beneficial to us to LOVE. Simple design like that amazes me. But, I digress.
The thing that struck me was watching the faces of the crowd as a man of God proclaiming his creator’s Love in a building created for worship. Some were smiling and excited, some were pensive, and some, some were offended and annoyed. Yes, apparently faith can be taken only so far based on worship style preference, as well.
But Bishop Michael Curry was unfazed. He was unfazed because he longed so much for others to know what God has shown him, that decorum and rules of worship be damned. I (a fellow grenade launcher) applauded it! We don’t show His Love by hiding it, making it vanilla or teaching the children’s version of a Bible story. Saying you go to church someone and hoping they’ll ‘find Jesus’ in that simple sentence doesn’t share the Love you experience in your heart from a spirit that overtakes you to tears for the awe and joy you feel in simply singing His name.
We are made to LOVE. It’s Love that should motivate you to share your miracles, your motivation and your peace with everyone you know, and this morning, scrolling through all my social media, as we all do, lol, I was prompted to just say something to the beautiful friends I see who own businesses and have full lives that are sharing their faith relentlessly. BRAVO. Bravo for not mincing His living words. Bravo for sharing His glory no matter the cost, the impact, and the repercussions. Remaining true to your faith, you know His promises are true, that He will provide, you are His beloved, and that we were made to Love Him. That outweighs every worldly cost.
Luke 7:37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
Mary walked into a casual dinner, unfazed by interrupting or the climate of the room, and obediently followed what God called her to do. It made no sense, it was seen as wasteful, and a woman already judged so harshly, was further judged for her wastefulness and physical contact with a man of God. We later find out, however, that the crucifixion was near. She was called to do this, because in her Holy obedience, she was given the honorable task of symbolically preparing our savior’s body for burial.
Mary was fiercely and fearlessly given over to God. Her faith lead her, and in the careful listening and prayer in her soul, she was able to respond to a divine appointment, and was rewarded in ways only God could design- she was the first to see our risen Lord.
To my BOSS GALS and BOSS MEN out there, His plans for you are perfect. Keep running hard, keep sharing His blessings, even when the decorum or rules say otherwise. He is bigger than statistics or tradition, and HE WILL PREVAIL. Just remember, you know Him because someone stepped out for you, and if everyone else rejected their sharing, isn’t it all worth it that you were saved out of it?
Every time you worry, as I used to, that a client might be offended by a post or comment, or that, that one friend of yours might unfriend you, remember what’s to lose and what you were created to do- to worship Him. We are created to worship and commune with Him in Love- not to fight for every dollar or accolade, but to rest in Him. The amazing part of watching people live this way to me, is that those who are putting it all out there in His name are at peace, unmoved and unchanged. They walk through fire and rain with His name over them, and they continue to move forward.
Bishop Curry, a man of God speaking in a building of God even, offended and overshared in the eyes of some yesterday, and He persisted because He knew the gain always far outweighed the cost, and we can all do the same.