Why Write Blogs? Why Preach? Why Worship? Because….

Devotional Thought of the Day:

18  Write down for the coming generation what the LORD has done, so that people not yet born will praise him. 19  The LORD looked down from his holy place on high, he looked down from heaven to earth. 20  He heard the groans of prisoners and set free those who were condemned to die. 21  And so his name will be proclaimed in Zion, and he will be praised in Jerusalem 22  when nations and kingdoms come together and worship the LORD. Psalm 102:18-22 (TEV)

Gently he helped each person to face up to his or her responsibility to love God and souls. This was always his main concern. No matter what he was talking about, everything he said was linked to this one theme: that because the plenitude of Christian life is rooted in charity , love is of the utmost urgency.”

A young woman who attended a retreat he preached in 1945 found in his preaching “something new, something distinct…. It moved me deeply. Although I had habitually made a retreat in the past, I had never heard anyone speak in the same way about the love of God. It was a great discovery for me, an encounter with God as Father, as friend. It had a great impact on me.”  (1)

I am sitting in my office, having done my devotions, having skimmed through the study notes I prepared earlier in the week.  After this blog is completed, I will review the notes again, and finally put down and polish the words of the sermon for tomorrow.

But why do all this?  Why have i written so many blogs over the last three years, why have I written and delivered somewhere around 1000 sermons.  Why do I get up on Sunday morning?

I hope in retrospect someday someone might say something like the young woman said about a priest back in 1945.   i hope what has been read, what has been heard, what will be heard tomorrow and for the years I have left is what she said about Fr. Portillo’s sermons.  That these messages reveal the love of God, the desire of God to make us His children, the incredible love that Christ showed to a bunch of sinners when He said, ” 15  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:15 (NLT)

That love was described by the Psalmist above, recorded that we would see the very heart of God.  Those of us that deserve death because of our sin, those of us imprisoned by the snares of sin, He looked down and heard, which means He acted.  Hearing isn’t just an auditory action, it is a stimulus to action.  That action, the Incarnation, the Life and Death of Christ, His resurrection and Ascension and advocacy , the coming of the Holy Spirit and His work as He abides in our lives.  That is what His love for us compelled Him to do, as He heard our cries….

The response, the world worships Him, we praise Him, we proclaim this love in whatever ways possible, to whomever will listen, that they may know His love… for them, for us.  

That’s why….and whether we are telling about God’s love as a pastor preaching or blogging, or as a friend over lunch, or as a parent telling their kids, that is our mission, why we have been sent…. for we too will learn to hear their cries… and respond in love…. as we worship God with our lives.

AMEN….

(1)   Coverdale, John F. (2014-07-09). Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo (Kindle Locations 1100-1105). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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