Jesus, Amy Jill Levine discussed on Christ United Methodist Church - Plano, TX
Heard. There's a big part of me that wants to believe that this man left this encounter with jesus and was transformed into a new person because jesus saw him. The man was seen and he was invited to follow. Jesus he was invited to be transformed. Jesus knows with this holding this man. Back and jesus names it for the man. I referenced earlier. The difficult words of jesus written by dr. amy jill levine. And she has this beautiful piece in her book. She says this sell all you have cannot be an address for everyone and jesus does not tell everyone to engage in this type of divesting to do so would be both immoral insufficiently attentive to people's needs when jesus carefully looks at each o- bus when jesus looks at us and loves us when jesus sees us what does he see. That's holding us back from living into faithful. Life's for god. Maybe it's not money or possessions but it's something we each have something that jesus sees. We believe that. Jesus sees us and invites us to abandon those things and to be transformed. Come follow me. Jesus gives a an opportunity to be transformed not only to live his life in a way that is faithful and according to what he is called to do but jesus also gives this man an opportunity to transform the lives of others by giving out of his wealth it's a two fold transformation and it demonstrates just how connected we all are to one another when we are like jesus when we see each other lives are transformed when we take time to look carefully and love our neighbor. That's where we share the love of christ and it's difficult. It isn't easy it is a convenient. It may not even always feel very natural to us for the disciples this charge to give up everything and follow. Jesus seems impossible. So i want us to in this morning. Rereading verse twenty seven how we ended. Jesus looked at the disciples carefully because he sees them and knows them in. Jesus says this it is impossible with human beings but not with god. All things are possible for god. There's a reason that in our church mission statement love god in serve others come i. It's only when we love god and serve others that we can truly transform lives. It's only through god and loving others. That lives can be changed. That life's can be made knew that what seems impossible can be made possible through god. May we each spend time this week. Thinking about what god sees in each of us. May we spend time seeing those around us and being fully transformed their christ. While you pray with me oh still speaking god. Throughout history in the wide world you have gathered people around your word to instruct and inspire we give thanks for all who have received your vision and shape diverse in faithful community is to follow in your way. Continue to open that vision to us that we may become transformed by. The renewing of your word in our hearts enabled us to grow in love and understanding for one another create in us. Oh god clean hearts and minds let us join with you in your suffering and your triumph. We desire to be your children and we claim these blessings in your name. We thank you for your son. Who taught us the prayer. We now pray together. Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name die kingdom. Come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever man..