God Breaks In With New Creation


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” – Revelation 21:5

garyguarujaI’m not much of a newspaper fan. In fact, I am not much of a news junkie. I don’t want an around the clock diet of robbery, murder, and war.

Too often I get hung up on the old and the chaos.

It saddens me to visit neighborhoods and commercial districts that were once characterized by order, progress, and grandeur, only to find abandonment and decay.

creation2Sure, all of the above exists.

The reality is should I focus on that story line, I will wither away while the deterioration will continue.

There is another story line I prefer to follow.

It is a story line that addresses the chaos of today. It is a story line that addresses the chaos of history and a story line that addresses my own present and my future.

I want to trust God with the story line of renewal.

God—through the Old Testament prophets promised an eternal king. This king would be creation4appointed to the throne by God.

The Prophet Isaiah reported to Israel what God told him to reveal.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19). See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind (Isaiah 65:17).

The people waited.

Then it happened.

It was as if God started a new calendar to accompany the beginning of the new creation.

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin . . .

creation5The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1

That birth allowed humankind to see God up close. With the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of King Jesus, God’s renewal was placed center stage for all to see.

The apostle Paul after his spotlight encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and after walking with him for decades, stood witness to the power and source of new creation.

His description is the new reality:

What counts is the new creation (Galatians 6:15). Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

creation7As I see it my task throughout my walk on planet earth is to be in Christ. For in him all is made new (even me). As his new creation he transforms and recreates me step by step to what will one day be my eternal and perfect heart.

So for now, to remain in Christ my game plan is to keep working on my heart to increase its receptivity to the heartbeat of Jesus.

creation9I want to stay close to Scripture to be more in tune to Holy Spirit guidance. I want to pay close attention to all who cross my path. How can I reflect Jesus light on their road?

And, I plan to keep my antenna raised to pick up signals from fellow disciples who are ahead of me in their understanding of what it means to live as a new creation.

Perhaps, new creation can continue to break into my life, don’t you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With New Creation.

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God Breaks In With Mission Wheels


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaIt occurs to me that prior to the events that begin on the first page of my Bible God already was on His mission as He envisioned creation and humankind.

From the first page through the last page of Scripture God reveals His story. His story reaches a dramatic high in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. For, through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, God reclaims creation and humankind.

It was God’s mission to let the entire world in on the good news.

The Holy intervened to make it possible.

mission10I think of three Holy encounters that put wheels on the mission.

The first was the “Sent Out Ones.”

Jesus taught a small group of disciples for three years. (That wasn’t even enough for a Bachelor’s Degree—maybe they received credit for the fourth year for extra travel).

For three years they walked with God in the form of Jesus who was fully man and fully God. Prior to His ascension to the Father, Jesus gave them the Holy mission.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said,

 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

mission9The Acts of the Apostles, The Epistles, and early church historians attest to the effectiveness of these “Sent out Ones” (Apostles).

The second event came on the Day of Pentecost as the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks, to honor and remember the day on Mt. Sinai when God gave the law to Moses and Israel.

Luke’s account in Acts 2, records the presence of God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. God breaks into the heart of the people with His mission, those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

mission5I suspect that the seeds of God’s mission planted on the Day of Pentecost were mobilized by God as Jews returned to their homes in every nation under heaven. God’s wheels carried His mission.

Back in Jerusalem the Holy Spirit entered into believers by the thousands as they were baptized. For the old law keeping Jews this movement of God was getting out of hand.

Then the third event happens to put wheels on the mission. The Jews who worshiped Moses rather that God and His son stoned to death a disciple named Stephen for preaching on the mission of God.

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

God stood prepared to break into a death orchestrated by Satan with Holy Spirit filled followers to put wheels on His mission to all the people of Judea and Samaria.

Here’s what I think.

Mission is not a program of the church. Mission is a God thing. He will continue to move His mission on earth to its final culmination when Jesus returns.

mission7Mission is never a grand scheme that grows from seeds within my own mind. I can only participate in God’s mission.

My task is to be attentive and obedient. I am to watch and listen as God enters into His own creation to raise windows and open doors of opportunity.

When God breaks into my day-to-day world with Holy invites to join Him as He stands ready to fill a need through me, may I have a ready heart to serve Him.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With Mission.

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God Breaks In With Baby Size Hope


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1)

garyguarujaCulture and current language usage have turned hope into an anemic word. I hope for sunshine instead of a cloud covered day. I hope we elect a good leader. I hope the store has peach ice cream.

As a follower of Jesus, hope comes to me as a much stronger word. It brings with it promise and expectation based on evidence. Evidence comes from God’s faithfulness that includes the birth in a stable of baby hope.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord, rang forth the Angelic announcement to shepherds of Jesus’ birth.

hope3It occurs to me that Joseph and Mary—struck by the miracles of Angelic communication, a virgin birth, and a supernatural star—knew the manger baby was special.

They—like other devout Jews—were awaiting the Messiah. The one in his name the nations will put their hope (Isaiah 42-4 and Matthew 12:21).

hope8The manger baby was the long awaited Messiah.

At the manger God broke in with hope for all humanity, but it started small—small as a baby.

Judging by the narratives of the Gospels I suspect when Joseph and Mary looked at the swaddling clothed babe their hope was limited to a day when freedom of Israel from Roman rule might become a reality. It must have taken a lot of faith to even consider the possibility of political freedom.

Their hope in the baby could see only to the borders.

I look at Jesus’ apostles taking inventory of swords on the night of Jesus’ capture. Their immature hope was in a nation free of outside rule. Hope died with the death and burial of Jesus.

hope13Resurrection not only renewed hope but for the first time disciples of Jesus caught the vision the Holy held for the freedom of all nations.

That freedom became reality through faith and trust placed in Jesus. Their hope now took on a new vision that included other nations and an eternal expectation.

With the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters, hope that broke in as baby size in a manger grew to become the hope of the world.

Let me go to the manger for my take away from baby hope.

When I think about the bundle in the manger as the hope of the world, I realize that baby hope grows over a lifelong encounter with Jesus. What was a nebulous “hope” at the beginning of my walk I find to have morphed into a confident expectation.

Baby hope grew to maturity.

hope6In my quest to know God I find that layer after layer reveals a greater knowledge of Holy realities.

Like a tasty onion, each time I peel off an outer layer a juicier layer appears as I move toward the core.

It is neat to realize that I never have to know it all. Like a small beginning hope, walking with Jesus comes in baby sizes.

He takes us where we are and grows us step by step as we learn to walk with him.

And it is all possible because God broke into a Palestine stable with baby hope.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With Baby Size Hope.

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God Breaks Into Grief


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaIt comes with the human condition. It can’t be avoided. Grief is all too personal yet like the common cold is prevalent among all humanity.

Far too often television’s big screen brings before my eyes and my heart the aching plight of multitudes in the depth of grief after indescribable tragedies across the face of the globe.

Television, Internet, and funeral homes remind me of grief caused by death. Yet, grief has a longer reach still.

I don’t know exactly how to define it, but we humans are born with the innate ability to differentiate good from evil.

Gary Bicycle 5 yrsEven as a little white-headed tyke I started to make decisions about what was right and what was wrong. I decided whether to steal or not. I determined the course—good or evil—that I wanted to pursue.

Sure, I was blessed with discipline and guidance of parents, other adults, and peers who trained me to select good words for my vocabulary while making the judgement that certain words were not the sort of words to spew from my mouth.

At a certain point I decided to believe God rather than ignore His presence.

What does all of the above have to do with grief?

grief3Grief results from inability to fix evil.

I grieve when I open the door for Satan to influence my behavior. I can’t fix past mistakes. I can only grieve before God my wrongful actions.

Not only do I grieve when I mess up, but I grieve when those I love make poor choices out of my control.

In addition to my own stupid mistakes grief is produced by actions out of my control.

In Scripture I see Jesus break into grief.

He brings Holy light to change wrong attitudes and actions that cause grief.

I see Jesus stop a funeral procession and remove the grief of a mother who is about to bury her son. I see Jesus enter into the grief of Mary and Martha at the grave of Lazarus their brother.

I see Jesus breaking into the grief of women abused by sin and society. I see Jesus breaking into grief produced by sickness, blindness, deafness, and lameness.

grief1So what?

How are Jesus’ actions in Scripture relevant to my here and now?

People I love still die. I still take my Adamic body to doctors and hospitals for pain relief.

The grief of tragedy still strikes across the face of the globe.

Here is what I think.

Jesus came to demonstrate eternal life that is available with himself as the Holy Son, his Holy Father God, and the Holy Spirit.

Because of Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, he could assure his closest followers and believers of every century since, You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy (John 16:20).

grief2When like the Psalmist I find my eyes are dim with grief (Psalms 88:9), I want to remind myself of the promise learned by the apostle Paul from his Lord Jesus, Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

That’s it—Jesus breaks into grief with hope so tangible that by keeping my focus glued upon him I can see through my own tragedies to the glow of eternal life.

Isn’t it our assignment as disciples to equip as much of the world as possible with the power of Jesus to handle grief?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks Into Grief.

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God Breaks In With Eternity


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaI don’t get it. Why do I wonder about the incomprehensible?

On that list is God’s Rolex.

The whole idea that God’s timepiece has always been and will always be is beyond my comprehension. His watch receives its signal from eternity rather than from Greenwich Mean Time and the atomic clock.

eternity6However, there is a point in time that peaks my interest. At a specific time the alarm on God’s Rolex will sound and all the earth will hear it go off.

God will break into His world with an eternity I will finally understand.

My guess is at that point in time; time and eternity will never again appear as a question in my mind.

When God breaks in with all things new my focus will change to living “the now” in the presence of God, Son, and Holy Spirit.

His promise is that “now time” and “eternal time” will take place on a new and perfect earth.

I live in expectation of life without pain, loss, and death, surrounded by a clean and holy world full of more joy and richer relationships than I can possibly grasp with my current mortal brain.

eternity1Here’s the catch.

Everyone from past and present will be there when God breaks in with eternity.

Hearts that walk with His heart will be ecstatic with the event and all of God’s promises that will unfold before their new eyes.

Those who decided not to align their hearts with God while on earth will receive what they have always lived for—a life without the Holy presence.

As the aged and elderly apostle John pens the final line of Scripture he prays as he writes: He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In with Eternity.

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God Breaks In at the Cross


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

garyguarujaOne thing is for sure. I don’t understand the full power of the cross with all of its implications.

I find it hard to wrap my mind around enough of the event to do justice to its significance.

All history moved toward the cross and from the cross. The cross is God’s salvation event. When cross is teamed with resurrection, Jesus is transformed into the personification of hope and eternal life—life birthed by the cross.cross2

The cross stands at the apex of history. Not only does it authenticate God’s project of creation restoration, it also provides the means through Jesus to transform mankind and his earth-home to its flawless original purpose.

So God breaks in at the cross:

cross1From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice  . . .  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” . . . And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice . . . “It is finished” . . . he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

cross4At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

At the cross I see just how wicked mankind can be. I see death, the flow of blood, deep sorrow, injustice, pain, thirst, and dead dreams.

cross8Then, a glimpse of light penetrates its blackness. From the dark of the cross flows the seed of life, healing, joy, love, trust, and an untarnished filial relationship with Holy God—all paid for by the one and only Son.

If I can only get my arms around the cross event I can begin to understand that God broke in at the cross to give me a symbol—it is more like a reality—for me to use to do life.

The power to be Jesus reflection on planet earth flows from the cross. I only wish I was more adept at allowing holy voltage to tap into my life.

cross3The price of the cross stands ever present to convict me each time I fall and disappoint God. The blood of the cross stands ever present to forgive and cover over my human sin through Jesus who hung there.

It is beyond me to figure out every intricacy of the cross event with its implications.

Perhaps, I should be content to accept by faith the power of the cross—knowing that it reaches from creation to eternity—while resigning myself  to trust God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit with the details of its all sufficiency.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In at the Cross.

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God Breaks In With Kingdom


GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday

“The kingdom of God is in your midst.” – Luke 17:21

garyguarujaGod in my midst—so that’s what kingdom is about.

Like yeast works its way through the dough to make the loaf rise so kingdom penetrates the Biblical text from Genesis through the Revelation of John.

In Old Testament Scripture kingdom is a promise of an event yet to come.

The New Testament Scripture is the fulfilment of God’s promise.

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus God breaks into His world making kingdom a reality within reach of all of God’s creation.

So kingdom is a now reality. It’s tangible. I can live within its reality.

kingdom1The major portion of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels is to help me understand the nature of the kingdom and the high stake involved in my rejection or acceptance of being one of King Jesus subjects.

Paul echoes the Son when he reminds me and the Colossian church that God rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Sounds like present tense.

As I read the dialogue in the Gospel of John between Pilate and Jesus it sounds like a trial transcript.

It reads in part:

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

So here I am as I attempt to live into the standards of King Jesus while walking on earth’s soil where I still experience some of Satan’s residue.

kingdom3Because God broke into my world with gospel, my declaration is that my daily walk is in the world of the Kingdom. By so doing Jesus continually cleanses me of the satanic tarnish I may encounter along the trail.

I live on an earth that is penetrated by kingdom.

Is it possible when Jesus gave a model prayer he asked his children to work toward the Father’s wishes?

When he ask us to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,”  was he in essence giving me marching orders as a follower of Jesus?

While I am here is my goal to let the rule of God determine my walk?

kingdom8If so, as a subject of the king I share hidden treasure and pearls of great value with those far from God.

In the here and now I live in the present as the kingdom breaks into my everyday earth existence.

I am to serve the sick, proclaim the good news, work to eradicate disease, and care for the poor.

Those under kingdom rule grow in spirit, seek harmony, exemplify Jesus’ presence, gush grace, and live love.

Those under kingdom rule grow toward the same traits of innocence and purity shown by kingdom5little children.

As a kingdom citizen my assignment is the world. My task is to plant Jesus seed along my walk.

So the kingdom breaks into my life that I might pray in unison with the Apostle John as he held the churches of Asia up to Father God:

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

God’s desire for me is to serve Him as a priest of Christ’s kingdom. Powered by his love and cleansed by his love I am free to represent the king and serve his creation.

All because God broke into my world with kingdom.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With Kingdom.

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