Pastor John Talcott
Christ's Community Church
(2/9) As we read the New Testament, we find three words that really summarize what God wants to instill in our lives. Three little words, reflecting three qualities that really matter today and truly last for all of eternity. In the passage, most well-known as the "Love Chapter" the apostle Paul tells us in
his first letter to the church in Corinth, "Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). Now we like to think of these three as great and noble feelings, but I believe thatís taking the wrong approach. You see, feelings are not the point in light of eternity. In the span
of forever it doesnít matter what you feel or donít feel. What truly matters is what you do with the time that you have. And so until your feelings are demonstrated through your actions they donít benefit anyone other than you.
I truly believe that the greatest hindrance to God working the impossible in our lives is the idea that itís all about a feeling. You see, faith, hope, and love are three qualities that we need to aggressively pursue so that they become living realities in our lives. Our goal as a community of believers is
to become people grounded in faith, driven by hope, and demonstrating the love of God in all that we do. Thatís not something that you can feel in the pit of your stomach and so we canít go through life waiting to feel faith, or to feel hope, or to feel love; anticipating that if or when the feeling becomes strong enough that
something good will follow. Therefore, even when you donít feel faith you keep expressing your faith through your faithfulness, even when you donít feel hope you dare to keep fighting for Godís best in your life, and even when you donít feel the kind of love you want to feel, you put your feelings aside and remember that love
becomes real when it becomes an action.
Now with all the joy that Valentineís Day brings we must also expect that there are those who wonít share our feelings. Undoubtedly for many, February is accompanied by a myriad of feelings, challenges, and anxieties. Therefore, I like to remember a time long ago when love truly was in the air because of
the announcement of the impending birth of Jesus Christ and with that announcement came a very powerful promise. In the Scriptures, Lukeís Gospel records, that when the angel came to Mary and told her that she would soon give birth to a child, she asked the obvious question, "How is that possible since I am a virgin?" The angel
with all of the insight of one who frequented the throne room of God replied, "Nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37). Those five words remind us that the coming of Christ was a demonstration of faith, hope, and love. And in that glorious event, the birth of Christ validates the powerful truth that nothing is impossible with
Now intellectually we may struggle with the supernatural, but innately we all know it to be true, because the Bible states that Godís invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what is been made, so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:20).
Therefore, if God can create the universe, he can also override the rules that govern the universe; because he has no limits, heís not bound by time or space, and heís able and willing to do the impossible to accomplish his purpose to reveal his nature to love to his creation. This is good news and we can be confident knowing that
there are no problems that weíll face that will take God by surprise and we can be assured that he has a plan for our good in every situation.
Historically weíve seen this played out ever since the fall of Adam in the garden when God revealed his plan to reconcile and redeem a sinful humanity. With all the omniscience of sovereignty, before God even created the world, love was in the air, there was a twinkle in his divine eyes, and he incorporated
a plan that revolved around his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus who marked our calendar with his coming, to whom the prophets pointed, and through whom we find the true meaning of love, came to fulfill the will of his Father in heaven. In love, he abandoned the praise of angels and came to redeem a fallen and broken humanity, a reality
which is true in the big picture of history as well as on an individual and personal level. Our Savior is so awesome, so loving, and so powerful that he has a plan for the whole world, for all of history, and that includes your personal life and history. Now, you may think that youíve made too many mistakes along the way, that God
couldnít love you, and even if God could or did have a plan for you, that youíve wandered so far off course that it would be impossible for him to redeem your life. And yet thatís whatís so exciting about the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary; "Nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37). And so maybe youíve messed things up,
youíve taken some wrong turns, and youíre not even sure where you want to be or where you ought to be, but God has a plan and he can pick up wherever you are. When you get off track, he simply adapts to your new situation so that you can still attain his purpose for your life. You can be assured that God has a plan to make
something beautiful out of your life and he can do it because "nothing is impossible with God".
I pray that God will make himself known to you in a greater way; that he will open your spiritual eyes to see his hand at work in your life, making all the details fall into place, and getting you exactly where he needed you to be all along. And so maybe for you that means getting serious about following
Jesus, moving from no church or maybe casual church attendance to becoming a fully devoted disciple of Jesus. Wherever you are I want to invite you to join us at Christís Community Church to discover Godís plan for your life. You see, he is leading you to where he needs you to be, to do what he needs you to do, but ultimately the
impossible doesnít become possible in your life until you arrive at that place, that moment of surrender at the appointed hour. We find this illustrated in the story of the coming of Jesus Christ; both Mary and Joseph reached the place of surrender to the will of God and as a result the impossible became possible. Because of their
obedience they became part of a great miracle, a virgin gave birth to a Son who was more than just a great man, more than just a great teacher, he is in fact the Savior of all people everywhere, in every nation, and every generation. Now 2000 years later, hundreds of millions of followers of Christ throughout the world know that
there is no limit to what God can accomplish in their lives when they, like Mary and Joseph, completely surrender to the will of God. Now that doesnít mean that life is without challenges, but as you surrender to Godís will, you know that thereís meaning behind everything that happens, and that in all things God works for the good
of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). And so the point being that God can do great things with a life that is surrendered to him, because nothing is impossible with God!
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