Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Living Life in Love with the God Who Is in Love with Us

Listen online or download Sunday messages, and here!Deuteronomy 6.1-10

Deuteronomy, background:
Moses’ final message series
My last two messages start from Deut
Israel on the verge of the Promise – Moses missing out
Me missing out on your future

Shema and Great Commandment "all your, all your, all your"
"The LORD is one": unity of God and the unity of our devotion
"The LORD alone": single God, single affection

My blood test song, "eres tu"

How do you know when you have found the "One"?
Do you have to change to be loved?
Or is the power of love and being loved changing you?

Baptism – laying life down in the love of God
willing to give up your life for those you love?
willing to give up your life every moment for those you love?

Romans 12.1:
Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.

Worship is not just a Sunday activity
it is living life in love with the God who is in love with you

All your heart – lavav – heart, soul, mind, will – inner person
the "heart of the sea" – the center of something/someone
Pharoah changes his mind (lavav) – more about the will, choice
center of human being is not boiling emotion but calm of choice

All your soul – nephesh – soul, living being, life, self, desire, emotion
when God breathes, "man became a living nephesh"
more about the emotion, passion

All your might – me-od – muchness, force, abundance
usually a modifier rather than a noun, as here
Psalm 46.2, "a very present help in trouble" – used for "very"
"You’ve lost your muchness."
(Mad Hatter Johnny Depp to Alice in Wonderland)

Robin kept hearing Jesus’ question to Peter: "Do you love me more than these?" We said "yes" to this call not because we desired it (we did not). We said "yes" to this call not simply because we knew the terms when we entered ministry in The United Methodist Church. We said "yes" to this call because, for us, it was the only thing we could say to Jesus. "Yes", we will be "living sacrifices". "Yes", we will offer worship with every part of our lives. But the deeper answer to the "Why?" is that God is love.

Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours, Cistercian monk, quote on the wall in Robin’s office:
"To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name."

We are perfectly loved. We are not perfect, so don’t put us on a pedestal. Our love fails. And, even though we have made this choice, loving God with "all" our will/heart, we pray that "all" our emotions and "all" our much-ness will follow.

You are perfectly loved. And our God wants nothing more, and nothing less, than all of you, the unity of your devotion, the singleness of your affection. Come now and say your own "yes" to Jesus.

Brown, Driver, & Briggs Hebrew Lexicon

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