I enjoyed hearing a great sermon this morning at my church. This one was delivered by a guest (Rob Weingartner) who heads the Presbyterian Outreach Foundation. The sermon, naturally, dealt with mission and the role of the church and each individual. He reminded us that no one else was called to do what we each are called to do. Each of us has a specific gift and talent that we are called to use to further the kingdom of Christ. Now that is a heavy responsibility! If I don't listen to my calling, no one else will fill my shoes in same way I that I will. Now I am left with much to ponder this week concerning mission and calling.
He also brought us good news about the body of Christ and how it is alive and growing in many parts of the world. In Korea, China, Ethipoia and East India (the Meso people) the church is growing in staggering numbers. As PCUSA members, we are so used to hearing about how the mainline church is in decline and our numbers shrink each year (nationally). So how is it that the Presbyterian faith is so strong in other parts of the world? Are we doing something wrong? Are we just in the wrong place at the wrong time? In my opinion, we are hindered by both our self-destructive behavior and our culture in the USA. I am reminded of the rich man who cannot get into heaven without giving away all of his worldly possessions. But that may be a musing for another post.
For now I will leave you with my gratitude for today's sermon and my thankfulness for my family. I am truly blessed!