GodReflection: Guardrails for Living
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5: 5, 11-12
The diversity of God’s creation is mind-boggling. Like snowflakes and fingerprints no two humans are alike. Pretty amazing when I think of seven billion women, men and children leaving footprints on the planet.
The God of creation is so drawn to us diverse ones that He could not stand to leave us at play in the mud puddle of sin we created for ourselves. He could not bear the fact that we had separated our lives from everything that is Holy.
He sent Jesus to pull us from the mud and clean us up so that He could once again delight in the incalculable diversity of children walking THE WAY. A walk that reflects the God who made us. A walk that lives faith.
Only through God’s gift of Jesus death and resurrection is the cleanup and God’s reclamation of His created diversity possible.
For that cleanup to affect me, I must believe the story and begin to live faith throughout my walk with the Holy and allow God to begin to remove my blemishes and baggage to make His special designed me to reflect only Him.
What I believe about the resurrection determines whether or not I live faith.
When I believe that Jesus is the resurrected Son of God who raises me to life in the next reality to live under the new heaven and upon the recreated new earth, I will be my unique God-gifted self to live faith in my present walk.
This week the body of Glover Shipp a friend of fifty years will be placed into the earth’s dust from which it came. Because Glover lived faith within the sphere of his giftedness he will rise again to meet the resurrected Jesus.
At his departure he left his rich gifts among friends, family, and God seekers to be shared until eternity.
Every aspect of his life lived faith.
His faith went into songs he wrote and scored, art he painted, song books he published, student he taught, books he authored, preaching he proclaimed, missionary soil on which he walked, magazines he illustrated, and into a paper where he served as managing editor.
With earned degrees in art, communication, theology, missiology and anthropology, his gifts reached across continents. He found a welcome within the shacks of the poor and in the homes of the rich.
Every aspect of his life lived faith in the way he loved his wife Margie, in the way that he raised and loved their six children and in the way his eyes twinkled at the sight of his thirteen grandchildren.
Early in life he caught sight of one of the old apostle’s guardrails that read LIVE FAITH.
Glove was faith personified. He will be missed while his unique creation as one of God’s design projects will never be duplicated.
Glover, I am grateful that you lived faith before us and left its rich trail as a reminder. See you at the resurrection.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Live Faith.