“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).
Today’s Advent Character is critically important to the story as it unfolded two-thousand years ago; as well as to our ongoing story as we respond to God’s Christmas Project today.
The character is HUMANKIND; and each one of us today stand as individual representations of the reason God reached directly into history and risked everything on one core confidence.
The idea for today’s post settled on me around 9:40 Sunday morning, when Moffett Churn – Rebekah’s colleague in ministry here at WFPC – came to the central thrust of her message, “One of Us.” Immanuel; God with us.
RISK: Moffett was talking about the essential implausibility of the entire Christmas story, the fundamental inconceivability of such an unglamorous tale, especially if it really was intended to play out as the crescendo of God’s initiative in human history.
All the couple had going for them was their lifelong discipline of listening to God, and then this significant plus: God believed in them.
This was Moffett’s key moment (in my estimation) in Sunday’s message. “God,” she said, “has such great confidence in us….”
At the pivotal crossroads in history, when God’s breaking into time and space took such a serious shift via The Incarnation, God took a huge step back, parked the Shekhinah glory outside the reach of human perception, and left the future in the hands of, well, us.
CONFIDENCE! This idea (God’s great confidence in the likes of you and me) is propelling me into this coming week with a sense of providence, and of competence, and of wonder that is extremely empowering.
We have been charged with the responsibility of carrying light, and life, and love into this dark world; and we have been given this opportunity because God – the same God who created us – has every confidence that the plan Jesus set in motion in that stable in Bethlehem, is the very best plan possible when it comes to effectively telling the story of the Good News.
God trusts us. God is for us. God believes in us. God has such great confidence in us. Our job is, simply, to live into such trust.
In confidence, and in belief – DEREK