I’ve asked some friends to give some thought to what the scripture Ephesians 3:20-21 means to them. Over the course of the next few months, we’re sharing those thoughts, and would like yours in response. It’s all a part of a movement in our church family to center us in what God is doing rather than our own wants which, many times, we cover in religious trappings and say, ‘this is “of God”’. Guilty I am of this one. We decided that we would take the Scripture phrase by phrase and offer up some thoughts for conversation. This week I am beginning with the first phrase of the Scripture: “Now to him…”
Those words are challenging words for me because they ask me where I am putting my focus right now- not in a general sense, or a ‘this is the story of my life sense’, but with what I am about right now. The right now doesn’t allow for passes or for me to negotiate with myself about when I am faithful and when I can take a break or see life through a different perspective.
The ‘now’ worked on me on Sunday morning. I had made plans to take the morning off and to worship with my son at his church. I stopped at Super One to get gas. There was a guy with his hood open, and here’s my confession, I went to the other end of the pumps, because truthfully I didn’t want to deal with anyone. I just wanted to get gas and go see my son. The guy walked over to me and asked if I had any jumper cables. I didn’t think I did, and more confession, I really didn’t want to look. Then those words hit me- ‘And now’…. So I looked. There lay jumper cables all nice and neat.
What will I do now? Christian writer Jordan Dubois asked the question another way: Who do your worship? In the now I had to ask who or what was I worshiping- my comfort, my ease, my schedule, or God?
To him-in this moment, and every moment- am I centered in God? The scripture reminded me that this moment belonged to God, that man was a child of God, and I had the opportunity to share the love of Christ.
Now to him- this is a moment where Christ is already at work. This is a moment when I decide who or what I will worship. Thankfully, God doesn’t take mornings off from calling us to a better life!
Do you have a story of when God called you to a now or helped you realized that this ‘now’ belonged to God? I would love to hear your now story.
Grace and Peace along your way,
Ricky Ricks, Pastor