Set Your Sails

June 28, 1997

Luke 12:32-35 – [Jesus said:] "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

When you sail, everyone thinks they have instant gifts for you. All they need to find is something with the word in it and 'presto', an instant gift. Take the new mug in my office. It contains a picture of forlorn sailors with a definition on the side which says: Sailing – the fine art of going nowhere at great expense. To many people on the outside, this is what the church looks like – an expensive way to go nowhere. Yet they will never experience the awe and majesty and wonder when the body of Christ gathers for worship. We are lifted up and carried on a wondrous journey… and that is what sailing is all about!

Prayer: Lift us, Lord, in the light of your love and lead us to new life in Jesus Christ. Amen.

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