Thursday, April 19, 2007
I was reading Tell The World tonight and Julie prompted me to go listen to one of Rob Bell's recent sermons. I don't know if you have ever listened to Rob before but I would encourage you to do so. He speaks to our world in an incredibly honest and relevant way. I can listen to him and want to take voluminous notes but then I realize that I really need to just let the Spirit work through Rob's teachings and see where I am led.

In a recent sermon, he talked about complete immersion ... and how it is our responsibility to immerse those around us in God's love ... just as Jesus did to the disciples and others he encountered. If we happen to be hanging out with ex-convicts and atheists, all the better -- we start to resemble Jesus a great deal then. But the idea that really hit me was this thought of immersion.

I work in an industry that probably has its share of ... well, ex-convicts and atheists. I suppose every industry does. Mind you, I am not making reference to my actual co-workers but to others I encounter in our industry. I could go back and do some research but as I recall, Todd R, one of my co-workers, once blogged about this as well. (Sorry, Todd ... I just drug you to this slippery precipice with me.)

But think about the opportunity I have ... okay, I take that back ... the responsibility ... I have to immerse others in God's love. Not in a condemning way. Not to point fingers. Not in ways which make me feel better about myself. But to instead truly lavish on them God's love ... just as He has so lavished it on me.

What does that mean? I am not entirely certain but I know that I have a responsibility and an opportunity. It is His wish that I do much with those things.

  posted at 8:02 PM  

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Julie R. said...

Wow I didn't expect to find reference to my blog or Todd's this morning, but I'm excited you listened to Rob's sermon and were blessed by it. I was challenged on so many levels by his teaching. The parts that I referenced were very different than the ones you mentioned -- but yours is the heart of his message and one that I find very compelling. His teaching challenges me right out of my comfort zone -- which is a good thing, right where I need to go. I'm blessed to hear how God stirred your heart as I know He stirred mine as well. I love what Rob said somewhere at the beginning that we don't need to have all the answers -- because wow, I really don't!

Have a great day, Todd!


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