God is Really Among You!

Read: 1 Corinthians 14:1-25

This Winter I have paid more attention to the bare trees. So often we talk about how beautiful a tree looks when it is in full bloom or full color in the Summer or Fall but we ignore them in the winter when they are bare and as many would say “ugly.”  But I noticed something this Winter that reminded me of a verse in 1 Corinthians 14.

I noticed that in the Winter we can see all of the interesting branches of each tree that we don’t see the rest of the year.  Some have huge trunks and huge branches, others have many small branches that go all over the place, and then on others you can see where they have been trimmed back and are growing out in new ways.  It allows us to appreciate something else about tree’s, that they are unique and very different from one another.

In 1 Corinthians 14 Paul is talking about various forms of worship and how we are to worship the Lord.  But in verse 25 he says something quite revealing.  He says, “As the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”  How long has it been since you laid your life before God, fell down on your knees, and worshiped God for loving you for who you are in Jesus Christ?

So often we try to cover up some of the hurts, sins, mistakes, and failures in our life.  God knows them and understands them and yet we still try to cover them up and keep them to ourselves.  The barren trees this Winter have been a reminder for me to be open and honest with God and others.  Let them see us for who we really are.  We don’t have to share everything with everybody but it is healthy for us to lay our life before God, worship the Lord, and receiving his unconditional love for us in Jesus.

Make it Personal: Spend some time in worship this week.  Lay out before God all of the things that have been weighing heavy on your heart and ask Jesus to fill your barrenness with his breathe of life and restoration.  Then come to worship at AMC this Sunday and hear more about how God can breathe new life into your life.

Have a wonderful week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church