Your Quotable Quote of the Day:
“If Jesus could rise from the dead, we can at least rise from our bed, get off our couches and pews, and respond to the Lord’s resurrection life within us, joining Jesus in what he’s up to in the world.”
— From “The Jesus Manifesto” of Len Sweet and Frank Viola
Your Thought for the Day:
So what might Jesus be up to in the world today, a world so broken and violent (as always) and in such desperate need (as always) of the healing powers of God’s love, grace and tender mercies?
As desperate and hopeless as it all seems, Jesus is “up to something” as close by as our own families (where terribly bitter family wars sometimes break out) and circles of loved ones, and as far as the most distant and horrendous of places on earth.
Jesus is up to something in the cheerful church nursery and in the NICU unit at the nearest children’s hospital; in the casual confines of a Starbucks and the bloodiest streets in Chicago; in the church’s choir loft (where bitter church wars sometimes break out at choir practices) and in the funeral home where the carpets are drenched in tears.
Pettiness and pestilence, petty conflicts and violent breakdowns where so mind-boggling much is at stake are always abounding.
So the thought for the day comes down to this:
Since Jesus rose from the dead to go to work in the world, what are we doing to join him–to respond to the Lord’s resurrection life within us?