Tuesday, January 15, 2008
What Are We Looking For?
Today I was reading one of my all-time treasured scriptures, Luke 15. I cannot even begin to think of the number of times I have read this chapter. However today I thought about what it is that we are looking for. What is it that we spend out time and energy searching for? Wealth? Security? Souls to save? These musings have caused me to ask, What am I looking for. I guess the answer at the outset is, to see people, myself included, have an ever-deepening, passionate, transforming relationship with God. The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost sons, yes both of them, are of great value. However, their earthly value is converted into spiritual currency when Jesus puts the lost becoming found in an appropriate context. Repentance is at the heart of what Jesus teaches here, and repentance is not merely changing a few things. It is transforming our whole being to be more like that of the Image of God which is a part of us. It is about taking an ordinary life, a life that we might take for granted, and turns it into an ever-deepening, passionate, transforming life, founded on a relationship with the Father, through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit.