Saturday, December 13, 2008

grounded in the word

I believe we have to be well grounded in the word of God, in Scripture. This takes time and practice, and is only realized in Jesus and in community and in mission. But all that we need and where we're going comes together in Jesus. And it's a together process- "us", not "I".

This is about living out this faith, this continuing story on earth in this present day. God's word has power in ways we don't know, so we can't limit the value of what we read in it, even if we don't understand it all. But it's intended for us in Jesus to sweep us up into the story, so that we find our place in what is central to this story in Jesus.

This is not an easy task. But as we work at it, little by little, God will help us together to really be his people in this world. A people in Jesus who call others to this same reality in Jesus, to this same faith. Our lives need to be centered in this; all else is peripheral to it.

What might you like to add to these few thoughts?


Anonymous said...

yes. i believe that the word is more important that we can know or even understand.

i think that we should continually go there.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen. And listen to it as story which by extension somehow, we continue in, in the corresponding yet new and unfolding ongoing story of God in Jesus now.