Ps Taiyo Konda - Sunday - 8th August 2021
|1 Corinthians 15:58|
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
There's a well known parable told by Jesus in Luke 15 which many know as the story of the Prodigal Son. Within this story Jesus speaks of a young man who made a big mistake and a string of bad decisions. But the point of the story is not to merely highlight the error of the son, but rather, to point to the grace of the Father. When the son eventually stops running and returns to his Father, rather than being met with shame and condemnation, the Father runs towards him with open arms, not to make him a slave, but to restore him in his position as a son. Jesus tells this parable with the invitation for all of us who have gone our own way, who have been left broken, hurt, and filled with shame because of our own string of bad decisions. It's an invitation to stop running from God, knowing that in His arms we find grace that covers our shame and honours us as children of God.
Ps Taiyo reminded us that God uses our mess to become our message which will become someone else's miracle. God's grace covers our brokenness and the mess of our life to shape us, to give us a purpose and to shine His glory through us.
So you are invited to
1. Refuse the lies of shame that tell you you're not worthy,
2. To declare "Shame off you!"
3. To return to the Father and sit in a seat of grace
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
Be encouraged by this image of a bowl which has been restored by the Japanese cultural activity of Kinsugi in which a broken piece of pottery is mended with liquid gold.
In the same way, God brings the broken pieces of our lives back together. In His incredible grace, God will take our brokenness and make us into a vessel of beauty and healing.