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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost-A, August 28, 2017
Rev. Brian Henderson-Pastor of
Trinity Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA
http://www.tlcsd.org and
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA
Http://www.orlcsd.org

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“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” [Isaiah 51:1]

Have you ever heard someone say something like this before? “I’m not going to sit idly by and watch this happen. Someone has to do something. Things can’t go on like this!” Maybe those words communicate your feelings about current events. Just consider this last month’s headlines, and how the effected you, and I think you will understand. Now, if none of the current headlines has raised your anxiety, how about something a little closer to home; something like: Why don’t your children go to church any more? How about your current health problems or the health problem of someone you love or are close to? I guess I could ask you to conjure up thoughts about any issue you’ve faced this month that seems to be sucking the very joy out of your Christian walk of faith?

To all of these concerns and many others like them, God has the solution. This morning He says, “Listen to Me and watch for me!” Listen and look with faith and hear and see what I have done yesterday in the past, what I am doing today in the present, and then you will know what I will do tomorrow in your future!

In our gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-20) Jesus asked his disciples then as He asks us today a very simple question: “Who do you say that I am.” He wants all people to seriously consider what we believe about Him. Is He truly Emmanuel, God with us in our lives or was He just another great teacher and healer. Now because you all have proclaimed by faith that Jesus is your Lord, I assume that each of you know and declare that Jesus is God. Peter knew it, and he confessed as much with these Words: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And (to Peter then and we today) Jesus answered, “Blessed are you! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, on this rock (that is upon your confession of faith in God your Rock), I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew 16:17, 18]

This morning, I your pastor declare to you, that God, in the persons of Father, Son, and Spirit does not change; that is what he was yesterday, He still is today and will be forever. Who is God? He is Emmanuel; God with you and God for you. To understand this we look back at Who God was in the past. We follow our roots of faith backwards in time to understand who we are today, and who we will be tomorrow.

So let’s look at the great works of…

The God of Yesterday:

This morning, even though you have doubts, fears and worries, God calls you His children; He calls you, those “who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD.” Many times we don’t see triumph and victory in our walk of faith; we tend to focus on our troubles and apparent defeats, even when we truly are trying to please the Lord. The faithful Jews who were taken away in exile from their native land felt the very same; they too had no sense of glory or victory. Their homeland stood in ruins; they weren’t given any hope from their captors that they would ever return, but God spoke hope. Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke certain promises that if received by faith would give the people hope; they would one day return to their homeland.

You see the promise of hope God spoke through Isaiah, was based on the promise of hope that He spoke long before to Abraham and Sara, and before he spoke that promise to them, He declared it to Adam and Eve, in the beginning. Though they started out as two individuals, they would be united in faith and multiplied in number comparable to the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the beach. From them, God promised to build not just a physical nation, but also a spiritual one; one that had faith in their God, who was their Creator, Provider, Redeemer, and Friend.

Since the first gospel promise given to Adam and Eve about the coming Messiah/Savior who would take away their sins and bring them back to Paradise, God’s faithful children have struggled with feelings of discouragement and hopelessness, just as Father Abraham and Sarah did; just as those held captive in Babylon did. We like them have discovered that even though we are pursuing righteousness and trying to live a God pleasing life, we don’t see that many victories. At best, we seem to have only fleeting moments of happiness, but then we often fall prey to guilt, fear, and doubt. We are reminded that on our own, we truly are sinful and unclean; our sinful nature frustrates us to no end. We wish we could take it off like a change of dirty clothes, but we can’t! It is part of us and it continues to plague us every day.

Like the Jews held in captivity in Babylon, we too need a Word of comfort and reassurance, and that is why God next encourages us to look, listen, and live in what He is doing for us today! He wants us to know that He is…

The God of Today:

This morning, God calls out to you who pursue righteousness, and He says: “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.” This morning, God’s Word of hope, His promise connected to the very first promise to Adam and Eve, to Abraham and Sarah comes to you and it declares that today for you, this promise is fulfilled. “Jesus Christ, the Son of God is the Light of the world. [John 8:12] And He is “the light (that) no darkness can overcome.” [John 1:5]

You have been chiseled out from Him and by Him, and the proof is your proclamation of faith. It is as true for you today as it was for Peter then. Jesus is our Rock and there is no other Rock but Him, because Jesus is God. We know this is fact because God’s law of righteousness, that is His work and Word of Salvation declares this truth to us. By faith in our Rock, His Word tells us to see beyond the past; beyond the prophets and the promises of yesterday and see the fulfillment of His promises in your life today. See the work of the cross of Jesus Christ, where His passion for all sinful mankind moved Him out of love to die for the sins of the world, and then allow your Rock to show you where you were first dug out.

In your baptism, Christ’s work for the world upon the cross, was made as atonement for you personally; there you died with Christ but you also rose with Him as a child of the Rock. There you took your place along with Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Peter and the Apostles, and the countless children of faith that have gone before you, and you have been given divine strength to wait and trust in what God is doing both for you and through you. What is that work?

Well, this morning He declares that His “righteousness draws near, (His) salvation has gone out, and (His) arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for (Him), and for His (mighty) arm (of salvation) they wait.” [Isaiah 51:5] For some, God’s judgment is something to fear, but for you who wait by faith it is something to be anticipated with joy. You are part of the Rock; you cling to Jesus Christ and trust in Him alone. But as you wait, you may become impatient and feel that the injustices that happen in this world must be dealt with. Again you may feel that God no longer cares about what is happening here. But that is far from the truth.

You see, “the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but (instead, He) is patient toward (sinful men and women), not wishing that any should perish (in the coming judgment), but that all should reach repentance (and salvation).” [2 Peter 3:9] Remember, that His salvation has gone out, and it is for all people who will turn to and trust in their Rock, Jesus Christ. So…

Look to the God of Tomorrow.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but (God’s) salvation will be forever, and (His) righteousness will never be dismayed.” [Isaiah 51:6] While we still struggle with a spirit of impatience in the midst of tribulation and suffering, these Words offer us God’s solution. Look up to your Rock in Heaven; by faith see Jesus Christ as your Champion and know that soon and very soon His work of judgment and salvation will be accomplished once and for all. The very heavens above and the earth you stand upon will vanish like smoke and all evil, both spirits and people on that day will be judged and punished. But you dear saints, you must never allow this tomorrow of judgment to discourage, distress or disappoint you, because God’s salvation, His law of righteousness has enveloped you and it protects you.

Who do we say that Jesus is? Alleluia, Jesus is our Rock! He brought us out of the miry clay, and He placed our feet on the Rock to stay.

Therefor with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify His glorious name, evermore praising Him and saying: “Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabbath adored; Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name. We the church sing hosanna in the highest, we sing hosanna to our Rock… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and let the church say… AMEN!

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Rev. Brian Henderson, Pastor-Trinity Lutheran Church
7210 Lisbon Street, San Diego 92114
http://www.tlcsd.org
Pentecost 11A, August 24, 2014

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“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” [Isaiah 51:1]

Have you ever heard someone say something like this before?  “I’m not going to sit idly by and watch this happen.  Someone has to do something.  Things can’t go on like this!”  Maybe those words communicate your feelings about current events.  Let’s take a brief overview of just the last month’s headlines: The Ebola virus is killing thousands of people in west Africa; there seems to be no end to the violence in that small town of Ferguson, Illinois, due to a police shooting and racial inequalities; one of our brave Marines seems to be rotting away in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing the border with three personal and registered firearms; ISIS is killing Christians simply because of their faith… some are even being buried alive or hung on a cross like Jesus; and an American reporter in Syria was beheaded simply because he was an American.  Now, if none of these current issues have raised your anxiety, how about something more personal; something like: Why don’t your children go to church any more?  How about your current health problems or other personal problems that seem to be sucking the very joy out of your Christian walk of faith?

To all of these concerns and any others like them, God has the solution.  This morning He says, “Listen to Me and watch for me!”  Listen and look with faith and hear and see what I have done yesterday in the past, what I am doing today in the present, and then you will know what I will do tomorrow in your future!

In our gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-20) Jesus asked his disciples then as He asks us today a very simple question: “Who do you say that I am.”  He wants all people to seriously consider what we believe about Him.  Is He truly Emmanuel, God with us or was He just a great teacher and healer.  Now because you all have proclaimed by faith that Jesus is your Lord, I assume that each of you know and declare that Jesus is God.  Peter knew it, and he confessed as much with these Words: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And (to Peter then and we today) Jesus answered, “Blessed are you! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, on this rock (that is upon your faith in God your Rock), I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [Matthew 16:17, 18]

This morning, I your pastor declare to you, that God, in the persons of Father, Son, and Spirit does not change; that is what he was yesterday, He still is today and will be forever.  Who is God?  He is Emmanuel; God with you and God for you.  To understand this we look back at Who God was in the past.  We follow our roots of faith backwards in time to understand who we are today, and who we will be tomorrow.

The God of Yesterday: This morning, even though you have doubts, fears and worries, God calls you His children; He calls you, those “who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD.”  Many times we don’t see triumph and victory in our walk of faith; we tend to focus on our troubles and apparent defeats, even when we truly are trying to please the Lord.  The faithful Jews who were taken away in exile from their native land felt the very same; they too had no sense of glory or victory.  Their homeland stood in ruins; they weren’t given any hope from their captors that they would ever return, but God spoke hope.  Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke certain promises that if received by faith would give the people hope; they would one day return.

You see the promise of hope God spoke through Isaiah, was based on the promise of hope that He spoke long ago to Abraham and Sarah.  Though they started out as two individuals, they would be united in faith and multiplied in number comparable to the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the beach.  From them, God promised to build not just a physical nation, but also a spiritual one; one that had faith in their God, who was their Creator, Provider, Redeemer, and Friend.

Since the first gospel promise given to Adam and Eve about the coming Messiah/Savior who would take away their sins and bring them back to Paradise, God’s faithful children have struggled with feelings of discouragement and hopelessness, just as Father Abraham and Sarah did; just as those held captive in Babylon did.  We like them have discovered that even though we are pursuing righteousness and trying to live a God pleasing life, we don’t see that many victories.  At best, we seem to have only fleeting moments of happiness, but then we often fall prey to guilt, fear, and doubt.  We are reminded that on our own, we truly are sinful and unclean; our sinful nature frustrates us to no end.  We wish we could take it off like a change of dirty work clothes, but we can’t!  It is part of us and it continues to plague us every day.  Like the Jews held in captivity in Babylon, we too need a Word of comfort and reassurance, and that is why God next encourages us to look, listen, and live in what He is doing for us today!

The God of Today: This morning, God calls out to you who pursue righteousness, and He says: “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.”  This morning, God’s Word of hope, His promise connected to the very first promise to Adam and Eve, to Abraham and Sarah comes to you and it declares that today for you, this promise is fulfilled.  “Jesus Christ, the Son of God is the Light of the world. [John 8:12]  And it is “the light (that) no darkness can overcome.” [John 1:5]

You have been hewn from Him and by Him, and the proof is your proclamation of faith.  It is as true for you today as it was for Peter then.  Jesus is our Rock and there is no other Rock but Him, because Jesus is God.  We know this is fact because God’s law of righteousness, that is His work and Word of Salvation declares this truth to us.  By faith in our Rock, His Word tells us to see beyond the past; beyond the prophets and the promises of yesterday and see the fulfillment of His promises in your life today.  See the work of the cross of Jesus Christ, where His passion for all sinful mankind moved Him out of love to die for the sins of the world, and then allow your Rock to show you where you were first dug out.

In your baptism, Christ’s work for the world upon the cross, was made as atonement for you personally; there you died with Christ but you also rose with Him as a child of the Rock.  There you took your place along with Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Peter and the Apostles, and the countless children of faith that have gone before you, and you have been given divine strength to wait and trust in what God is doing both for you and through you.  What is that work?

Well, this morning He declares that His “righteousness draws near, (His) salvation has gone out, and (His) arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for (Him), and for His (mighty) arm (of salvation) they wait.” [Isaiah 51:5]  For some, God’s judgment is something to fear, but for you who wait by faith it is something to be anticipated with joy.  You are part of the Rock; you cling to Jesus Christ and trust in Him alone.  But as you wait, you may become impatient and feel that the injustices that happen in this world must be dealt with.  Again you may feel that God no longer cares about what is happening here.  But that is far from the truth.  You see, “the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but (instead, He) is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish (in the coming judgment), but that all should reach repentance (and salvation).” [2 Peter 3:9]  Remember, that His salvation has gone out, and it is for all people who will turn to and trust in their Rock, Jesus Christ.  So…

Look to the God of Tomorrow. “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but (God’s) salvation will be forever, and (His) righteousness will never be dismayed.” [Isaiah 51:6]  While we still struggle with a spirit of impatience in the midst of tribulation and suffering, these Words offer us God’s solution.  Look up to your Rock in Heaven; by faith see Jesus Christ as your Champion and know that soon and very soon His work of judgment and salvation will be accomplished once and for all.  The very heavens above and the earth you stand upon with vanish like smoke and all evil, both spirits and people on that day will be judged and punished.  But you dear saints, you must never allow this tomorrow of judgment to discourage, distress or disappoint you, because God’s salvation, His law of righteousness has  enveloped you and it protects you.

Who do we say that Jesus is?  Alleluia, Jesus is our Rock!  He brought us out of the miry clay, and He placed our feet on the Rock to stay.  Therefor with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify His glorious name, evermore praising Him and saying: “Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabbath adored; Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.  We the church sing hosanna in the highest, we sing hosanna to our Rock… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and let the church say… AMEN!

Not of This World!

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (A), August 21, 2011
Rev. Brian Henderson-Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA
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“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” [Matthew 16:2a]

 INTRODUCTION: The story’s told about a neurologist who performed an amazing surgical procedure on a 50 year old man named Virgil, who was born blind.  As a result of the surgery the man was given the gift of sight.  But very soon it became apparent to the doctor and the patient that having the physical capacity to see isn’t the same thing as seeing. 

Virgil’s first experiences with sight were very confusing.  He could make out colors and motion, but putting them in some logical pattern proved difficult and frustrating.  Over time, with the help of his doctor he learned to identify different things, but his habits—his behaviors—were still those of a blind man.  The doctor, in an attempt to help Virgil adjust made this profound statement to him: “Virgil, you must die as a blind person (in order) to be born again as a seeing person.”  And that is the work God’s Word will be doing in our hearts this morning! 

To truly see Jesus and understand God’s grace in His Word means more than just hearing and agreeing with the message in our Bibles; you see, we must learn to die to our old way of thinking, agree with God’s Word and allow it to change our identity!  This morning in our gospel Jesus asks each of us an important question: “Who do you say that I am?”  In this question, Jesus is asking for a confession of faith from each of us.  It is a question that can only be truthfully answered by our hearts.  Now you can mouth words similar to Peter’s and say something like, “Oh, you’re my Savior.  You’re the Son of God!” but unless you mean that Jesus is your Savior, that He is the Son of God who died for you and your sins, your confession of faith is simply something you say when you’re in church.  Unless it is more than that, unless it is a statement of faith that radically changes and guides your whole life, change, real change is impossible.  In other words, each of us must learn to die to your old sinful nature so that we can be transformed!  This kind of transformation  happens among us in two different ways:  First it is personal and second it is corporate, that is, it will change the way our congregation lives and breathes within our community! 

I. In our Epistle lesson (Romans 11:33-12:8), St. Paul addresses us with words that talk about change; real change.  Listen: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” [Romans 12:1-3]  What St. Paul is talking about is first and foremost a real spiritual transformation?  He is talking about a change in the very core of who we are!  Now it’s true that this transformation first took place in our baptism, but if we let it just stop there, I’m afraid that we’re simply frustrating the miraculous work that God began in us.  You see, while it’s true that all of the work of our salvation is entirely God’s work, it’s also true that it is an on-going process! 

Maybe a better way to translate Paul’s words is that we should be transformed by the “renewing” of our minds.  How are our minds being renewed?  Through the work of God and His gift of faith!  How do we receive this gift?  Through the Word of God!  Our Old Testament cries out to us with this same message in these words: “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” [Isaiah 51:1]  Where did your new nature, your citizenship in heaven come from?  Through the Word of God, specifically that Gospel Word that is about Jesus Christ! 

So this morning, like St. Paul, as your pastor, I am appealing to you as one who looks to the same rock as you, faith in Jesus Christ; I appeal as one who was hewn from the same quarry and called through the same Word of God and placed into the kingdom of God as you were placed, do not turn back to the ways of this world, but stay connected to God through His Word and Sacraments, and let Him continue to change you; let Him continue to reshape you into His image!  I appeal to you to live your life as one who is already dead to this world; one who is already offered to God as a living sacrifice.  

As each of us are daily resting in God’s Word and praying for His power to not just save us but sustain us in our new identity, something interesting is happening… we are being transformed!  Every day you care less about what you want and more about God’s plan for you and how He will use you here in this world.  This is your reasonable service, your spiritual service to God.  

Now, as this transformation continues in our lives, we begin to look less like our neighbors and more like our Savior.  This is when we begin to understand that our true citizenship is in heaven and not of this earth.  And as God continues to change us, we’ll begin to see that everything that we have and everything that we are is by God’s design, so that we can glorify and please Him!  This then is what we might call kingdom thinking; it’s a way of life that no longer thinks, understands or judges as those who are still of this world, but instead it is being led by the heart and mind of Jesus!  But there is something else that each of us must always remember, we are not in this alone! 

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” [Romans 12:3]  Yes, while it is true that you have been called out of the dark sin of this world and into God’s wonderful Kingdom of Light, you have not been called alone or without a purpose!  You are not alone because we are with you!  We are many but we are one.  Each of us has been called out as individuals, but we have been put together in one spiritual body, and our heart and mind is Jesus Christ!  Now as individuals who make up the body of Jesus, we are to realize that each of us is simply a lost sheep who’s been gathered together by the same Good Shepherd.  We must never to lose sight of this truth or we will begin to see ourselves as less than or greater than others.  The truth is,  I need you and you need me, and together we each need Jesus!  Each one of us has a purpose in the Kingdom of God.  Each one of us has the gift of faith that activates special talents that help the body, our church live, grow, and function! 

II. “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” [Romans 12:4-8]  You see, as individuals our calling out of darkness into God’s Kingdom of light makes each of us fellow members of Christ’s church and citizens in His Kingdom.  As such a member, I belong to you and you all belong to me, and together we each belong to Jesus Christ! 

Did you notice that the very first calling or ministry that Paul mentions is prophecy?  This is no accident friends; you see it is the proclamation of the Word of God that feeds and strengthens all of the other ministries.  As your pastor, I have been called into this office as my ministry so that God can feed and clothe you with the very things that will strengthen your own ministry; He feeds and clothes you with the forgiveness of sins!  And because you receive this gift through His Word and Sacraments, He now equips and sends you out into your own ministry.  So in each calling or ministry, when you are serving others, it’s really Christ within you who is the one serving them!  If you are busy in one of the many ministries of love we have here at Trinity, then I’m sure you already realize that it’s Jesus who is loving and serving others through you, and this truth moves you to continue serving with excitement and joy!  Each of us do these things not because we have to, but because we want to; we do them because we have been changed, and we know that the reason we’re changed is because we are forgiven! 

III. In our gospel lesson Jesus gives us the very key that unlocks this truth; He pulls the curtain aside and shows us why we are who we are; and it is entirely because of Jesus authority to forgive sins!  But that’s not all, He’s actually given us His authority to do the very same thing!  Listen to what He says after Peter’s confession of faith: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” [Matthew 16:18,19]  

What is the rock that Jesus builds His church on?  It’s the confession of Peter which is our confession!  What is that confession?  That Jesus is our rock; that Jesus is our Christ, the Son of the Living God!  Because we confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord (our Lord), we are saved!  [Romans 10:9] We are no longer of this World!  Our sins have been forgiven, and we have become citizens of heaven!  But what we must never forget is that we are forgiven with a purpose! 

And what is that purpose?  To tell others about Jesus!  We tell them with the same Word of God that saved us and then we tell them by the life we are living!  We tell them about Jesus when we tell them about God’s desire to forgive even their sins if they will simply agree with God’s Word and admit that they need Jesus forgiveness!  If they do this, then it is our privilege to tell them that they are forgiven! 

But what if they will not believe?  What if they will not turn to Jesus?  Well then, I’m afraid they won’t be forgive; but that doesn’t meant that God has given up on them and neither should we.  We can still invite them to come to church with us, because we know that “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God which is the message about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins!” [Romans 10:17]  That is how God saved you and is saving you, and that is how He will save each unbeliever in our community!  And the most amazing part of all of this is that He chooses to use you to help build His kingdom, one forgiven sinner at a time!  

CONCLUSION: I’d like to close with a story about a man who had a huge boulder in his front yard. He decided one day to turn it into an object of art. He went to work on it with hammer and chisel, and he chipped away at the huge boulder until it became a beautiful stone elephant. When he finished, a neighbor asked, “How did you ever carve such a marvelous likeness of an elephant?”  The man answered, “I just chipped away everything that didn’t look like an elephant!” 

If you have anything in your life right now that’s interfering with God’s work of transformation and renewal, then let God chip it away! If you have anything in your life that doesn’t look like compassion or mercy then let God chip it away! If you have hatred or prejudice or vengeance or envy in your heart, then for God’s sake and the sake of His Kingdom let Him get rid of it for you! Let God chip everything out of your life that doesn’t belong in His kingdom and you will see two wonderful things happen: you will see His kingdom grow within you and you will see it  grow around you!  We will do this because we remember that we are not of this world!  In Jesus name… AMEN!