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May 6, 2018

Being picked to be part of God’s team

**** I forgot to hit record at the beginning - so before the audio starts you miss this part of the manuscript:

"Growing up I was not the most athletic kid. I was short, not really fast, and certainly was not the most coordinated when it came to using a ball or my hands to do anything. I lacked the courage to courageously tackle..."

 

John 15:9-17 Abide in my love  

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

God often has a way of picking people the world would likely pass over – from young and poor Mary, to smelly and rough fisherman, to the centurion’s servant, the sick, the lame, the sinner, the lost, the forgotten, the marginalized, the lowly, the hopeless, the sinner and the saint, you and me – these are the people that God picks for the team – these are the ones that God chooses to be part of the unfolding kingdom made real on earth. I don’t know about you, but when the world reminds me of how infrequently I am chosen, the fact that God has chosen me, named me beloved, claimed me as part of the Holy Team of justice makers, and peace bearers, well that give me holy sense of comfort.
We are all part of God’s team – chosen in baptism – claimed and named beloved. And as members of God’s team – we are instructed with these words; abide in love. Love not at the world can give, but only God can give.

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