GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical . . . . It’s our nature. – Seth Godin
God Breaks In Mondays will reflect on times past, present, and future, when the Holy visits earth. What are those implications for me?
On Power Word Wednesdays, my intent is to reflect further on the power words that shape my walk on earth. I remain intrigued at the power behind a God driven vocabulary. Followers of the Holy guide their lives by a dictionary of the Holy.
Today is the first post on Its Jesus Fridays. Since Jesus walked the earth to show me the heart and face of God, I wonder why he is not the first place I look for my clues on how to live and worship rather than to the rules and traditions set by past and current generations.
Religious folks call their tribe a congregation or a church.
As one who has lived in, among, and around churches my entire life, and even planted a few, I’ve come to think the concept of tribe fits rather well.
Tribes know who is in and who is out. You follow the rules and you are in. You break the rules and you are out. Most of us attribute our rules to God. That gives us the needed authority for the definition of our tribal boundaries.
I stand amazed and ashamed at the ease with which I move the focus away from Jesus.
I join with those throughout the ages who have felt pushed by “right rules,” rather than drawn to the Righteous Son.
In 2012, I was acutely aware when I initiated the GodReflection blog of the limited time I have on earth based upon the number of my birthday celebrations—I’ve had three more since.
My stated purpose is to spend my remaining walk on earth to come to know better the Triune God.
I am beginning to see that to know Jesus is to know God.
I’ve learned that Jesus’ church is perfect. It needs neither reformation nor restoration. Who is in constant need of reform and restoration is I. I need to become more like Jesus.
It will be my purpose to spend more time in the glow of Jesus’ life and teachings. I want to take care not to make rules that weigh down the Jesus walk of others.
It is my aim to draw from those ahead of me in their allegiance to Jesus as Savior as they place him at the center of their walk.
I want to increase the intensity of the flame so that the impurities of religion can be removed leaving Jesus as the pure gold nugget I hold in my hand.
However, I trust the Holy Spirit of God will move me farther along the path.
I invite you to reflect along with me each Friday as together we shout, It’s Jesus.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on It’s Jesus.