July 20, 2017
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: "We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable". So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said "This being is like a thick snake". For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk. The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said, "elephant is a wall". Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.
Each of the blind men were in fact right and yet, ironically, each of them were also in fact wrong. They were only able to feel one piece of the elephant and unable to experience the elephant as a whole.
Likewise, we too find ourselves unable to see the whole of God’s kingdom but rather our own bits and pieces.
The first question I would like to pose for us this morning is do we see church as a noun or a verb? Perhaps the question is better put “Do you see church as a place or do you see church as a state of doing? The answer to that question will determine how we engage in your community as the body of Christ.
Jesus speaks to us over 2000 years later and still reminds us our call is to go and make disciples. During our bible study on Wednesday and hearing how God was at work in the life of our church members I was reminded this week that church is a verb. Jesus reminds us in our scripture verse this morning that we are called to a state of doing and not just a state of being.
As Methodist we believe that we are called to “put our faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” As a result, that means each of us rethinking how we do church and how we are a church; looking at ways that we are in fact like the blind man only touching parts of the elephant or in this case only reaching pieces of the whole in building God’s kingdom here in La Junta.
I ask us to reflect on these additional questions this morning. What does it look like for us here in La Junta to put our faith into action? What areas of La Junta have we yet not entered and could we go and make disciples?
May it be so.
Rev Lou Ward
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