Tuesday, May 6, 2014

No Life Among The Dead Things

Luke 24:5
....."Why do you seek the living among the dead?"

Jesus was dead, or at least that is what the women thought as they made their way to the tomb to prepare his body.
He wasn't there.....
Two messengers from heaven intercept them and ask them this somewhat perplexing question. "Why do you seek the living among the dead?"

In one sense, that question is still being asked today.  You see, it is my opinion that everyone who is born on this planet comes into this world with desire to know God. It is part of our spiritual DNA, if you will.  We have an innate desire to worship, as evidenced by all civilization, ethnic groups, clans, tribes...and the list goes on and on. They worshiped. Sometimes it was stone carvings, or even the heavens, but they had a desire to worship.

We have a desire to worship God. But the darkness of our own hearts sends us off searching for life among the things that are dead. Factor in our sin nature, our own wants and desires, we wind up merely worshiping ourselves. We have this hunger to find purpose and real life but we wind up filling our souls with all manner of darkness.

Jesus still stands as the only true source of life.
Not many want to hear this.
Not many in addiction want to hear this.
Because they have trouble separating the real Jesus from their concept of "Church' Jesus.

They relate to Him through what they see happening in the church.
Now before you go ballistic on me, that is not an blanket accusation against all churches. I also realize that some of the blame for this wrong concept of Jesus falls at the feet of the one who is skeptical of Jesus. "Church" is uses as an excuse for staying in spiritual darkness.
"Why the church is full of hypocrites" 
To which I would add, "Your right. It is, but come on and join us. There's room for one more!"

See that is my goal with Vineyard Recovery Church. To keep it honest and transparent. To not clothe it in religious terminology or language that is foreign to those on the outside. Those who don't know or haven't met Jesus yet.
I want anyone who comes through our doors on Saturday night, to understand that we don't have all the answers. We have some of them. That we have as many questions as they do concerning life, heaven, who God really is. We too have those questions.
We don't understand why bad things happen to good people.
We don't understand why good things happen to bad people.

In other words, we are also on that search for "The living"....
But the one thing we have going for us is that we know that "THE" living we are looking for, is found in a person. Jesus Christ.
The one true Higher Power.
The answers we are looking for are not found in the destination.
They are found along the way of this journey we call life.
Why not come and join us in this journey to know God.
There is always room for one more pilgrim.

God on you....

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