Missional Living

Gather with Grace

This summer the SBC gathering will be in Dallas, TX, which is where I live and serve in ministry.  I am thrilled that our family reunion will be in my home state with Tex-Mex and Queso.  It is the land of Dr. Pepper, sweet tea, long horns, and the twang of the Texas drawl.  I cannot wait to welcome you to my home.

As we anticipate our next SBC presidential election, I cannot help but reflect upon our country’s recent election experience on the national stage.  Many of us walked away with election fatigue and maybe a bit of political post traumatic stress.  My guess is that very few people have warm fuzzies about how everything played out and cringe at the current clamoring discord within our nation.

For Christians, we are set apart.  Different.  Holy.  Counter-culture to the norms of the world. Our SBC election should not mirror that of the national stage.  May our gathering be unified in Christ – being one in Spirit with a Kingdom mission.  May we value others above ourselves and vividly demonstrate in word and action the incomprehensible love we have in Christ that inevitably spills over onto those around us.  

As the SBC takes the national stage for a brief moment, we have an opportunity of a lifetime to demonstrate the grace and love of Christ for the world to see!

Would it not be incredible to use this platform and this moment to embody what it means to walk in love amid diversity, to disagree agreeably, and to celebrate our differences?  What if we modeled the significance and skill of being peacemakers?  These are things that would cause the world to stop in awe and wonder.  By this everyone will know that we are disciples; if we love one another.

We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. Let us be reconciled to God and to one another.  Let us choose this day to show the world the deep love that we have that is beyond reason.  Let us choose to model for others what it means to be transformed and renewed by Christ.  Let us be empowered by the Spirit to embody love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

My earnest prayer is that we will exemplify the God whom we all serve.  May our words be filled with grace and seasoned with salt.  May our time together overflow with the diversity of the body of Christ and be infused with the Holy Spirit.

I pray that our gathering is inspired by the very breath and power of God for His glory! May every word, every nuance, every note, every pause, every relationship, every act of kindness….be the very outpouring of God’s passion for His people.

May we walk in grace and peace that transcends all understanding and point to the Glory and goodness of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

May we choose to gather in grace.

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